The Miami Dolphins open their 50th season on the road when they travel to face the Washington Redskins at FedExField on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The opener against the Redskins is the third time the two cross-conference teams will meet to start the season, with each matchup being played in Washington (a 35-17 win on Sept. 2, 1984 and a 16-13 overtime defeat on Sept. 9, 2007). The 2015 season also marks the 12th time overall and first since 2013 that the Dolphins will open with consecutive road games as Week Two sees Miami travel to Jacksonville for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 20 at 4:05 p.m.
“The schedule announcement is always an exciting time for the organization as we prepare to play our slate of games,” said Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. “Opening the season on the road in the first two weeks presents an opportunity that will require a lot of hard work and dedication in the offseason. Additionally, we look forward to making a return trip to London during the year and finishing up the season at home behind the strong support from our passionate fan base.”
The Dolphins will return home to Sun Life Stadium in Week Three to begin divisional play as they face AFC East rival Buffalo Bills on Sept. 27 at 4:25 p.m. The contest against Buffalo will be the first time the Dolphins will open the home portion of the regular season against the Bills since 2006. The following week, Miami will once again traverse the seas to participate in the NFL’s International Series where they will face the New York Jets on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on October 4. This matchup will mark the second-straight season and third time overall that the Dolphins have participated in the series, after the team’s 38-14 win against Oakland on Sept. 28, 2014 and a 13-10 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28, 2007.
Following the team’s seventh consecutive October bye week during Week Five (October 11), the Dolphins face a pair of AFC South opponents in 1 p.m. contests, first traveling to the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 18 at and then returning home against the Houston Texans on October 25. Miami then faces a quick turnaround as the team embarks on three consecutive road games, beginning at division foe and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Oct. 29 in a Thursday night tilt at 8:25 p.m. at Gillette Stadium on CBS/NFL Network. The last time Miami faced New England on a Thursday was in a 17-10 win at home on Oct. 18, 1990. Miami opens its November slate the following week as they take on the Bills in Buffalo on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. prior to playing in Philadelphia against the Eagles at 1 p.m. on Nov. 15.
After being away from home for three weeks, the Dolphins return to Sun Life Stadium in a matchup with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11 at 1 p.m. on Nov. 22. The Miami-Dallas matchup will mark the first home meeting between the two clubs since the 2007 season. Miami then rounds out its November schedule at the Jets on Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
The final portion of the schedule finds the Dolphins with home contests in four out of the final five matchups of the season. The first contest of December pits Miami at home against the Baltimore Ravens for the third-straight season on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. This will be the first time in franchise history that the Dolphins will play the Ravens in three consecutive seasons. Miami follows that up with another franchise first as the Dolphins host the New York Giants in their first Monday Night Football matchup as they face each other at Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 14 at 8:30 p.m. Miami concludes the road portion of the schedule with a trip to San Diego against the Chargers on Dec. 20 at 4:25 p.m. The Dolphins wrap up December with home contests versus the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. on Dec. 27 prior to the season finale against the Patriots on Jan. 3, 201 at 1 p.m. The Dolphins-Patriots matchup in Week 17 marks the first time the two teams have met in the final regular season game in Miami since the 1997 season.
For the second-straight year, a select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today while the remainder of “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
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2015 Schedule Notes
Washington Redskins, September 13
Jacksonville Jaguars, September 20
Buffalo Bills, September 27
New York Jets (London, England), October 4
Tennessee Titans, October 18
Houston Texans, October 25
New England Patriots, October 29
Buffalo Bills, November 8
Philadelphia Eagles, November 15
Dallas Cowboys, November 22
Baltimore Ravens, December 6
New York Giants, December 14
San Diego Chargers, December 20
Indianapolis Colts, December 27
New England Patriots, January 3, 2016
This press release is courtesy of the Miami Dolphins Public Relations Department
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