Written by Matthew Cannata at 10:25 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins will head overseas to London for the second consecutive year but this year, it's taken on more importance as they will square off against the New York Jets, a division rival. The Dolphins will be the home team, which means they'll be giving up the home field advantage that they enjoy at Sun Life Stadium.
The game will take place in Week 4 on Sunday, October 4. This means that the Dolphins bye week will most likely take place in Week 5. The other two games include the Bills playing the Jaguars on October 25 and the Lions playing the Chiefs on November 1.
The match-up against the Jets at Wembley Stadium in 2015 will be the third regular season trip to the United Kingdom for the Dolphins and the second in as many years. The Dolphins defeated the Oakland Raiders, 38-14, on September 28, 2014, the first of three games the NFL staged in London during the 2014 season. The Dolphins battled the New York Giants in the first regular season NFL game played in the United Kingdom on Oct. 28, 2007, the inaugural International Series game played at Wembley Stadium.
Dating back to 1988, the Dolphins have been a part of seven games that have taken place on international soil– the first four of which were a part of the American Bowl series which the NFL staged during the preseason between 1986 and 2005. In addition to the first ever International Series game in London in 2007 against the Giants, the Dolphins also have participated in the Bills Toronto Series as they faced the Buffalo Bills on December 7, 2008 in Toronto, Canada and as well as the 2014 International Series game against the Raiders.
There are many fans who are upset that they are losing a home game in 2015 but there is always stuff going on behind the scenes that we don't know about. We don't know what promises Stephen Ross and the coaching staff have been given by the NFL. One theory is the idea that the Dolphins will be getting a Super Bowl in the next bidding process in exchange for giving up a home game against the Jets. In addition, another theory is that perhaps the Dolphins were promised an early road slate against cold weather teams.
Of course, we won't know that answer until April 2015 but in the meantime, we know at least one date of the 2015 schedule and that's the Jets vs. Dolphins in London.