Dol­phins sched­ule

Dol­phins play Pats, Bills four times in 6 weeks

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Perkins Staff writer

4 prime-time games in ’17.

The Dol­phins will open the 2017 sea­son at home Sept. 10 against Tampa Bay, but it’s the end­ing of their sched­ule that might be the big­gest at­ten­tion-get­ter, be­cause it seems to be the tough­est stretch.

Among the Dol­phins’ fi­nal six games are two against Su­per Bowl cham­pion New Eng­land (Nov. 26 and Dec. 11) and two against Buf­falo (Dec. 17 and Dec. 31), a pair of AFC East ri­vals that have given the Dol­phins prob­lems in re­cent years. Also in­cluded in that stretch is as a home game against Den­ver (Dec. 3) and a road game at Kansas City (Dec. 24).

And in a bit of a twist, the Dol­phins won’t have a bye week fol­low­ing their Oct. 1 game against New Or­leans in Lon­don. Rather they’ll come back home to host Ten­nessee on Oct. 8. All those details were re­vealed Thurs­day night with the league’s re­lease of its full 2017 sched­ule.

The Dol­phins were 10-6 last sea­son and made their first play­off ap­pear­ance since 2008 un­der first-year coach Adam Gase, and ap­par­ently that’s drawn them na­tion­wide in­ter­est.

The Dol­phins will play four prime­time games. Two of those are Mon­day night games, the first time that’s hap­pened since


The Dol­phins’ prime­time games are Thurs­day night, Oct. 26 at Bal­ti­more, fol­lowed by a Sun­day night game against Oakland on Nov. 5 at Hard Rock Sta­dium, a Mon­day Night game on Nov. 13 at Carolina, and the Dec. 11Mon­day night game at New Eng­land.

And for those won­der­ing about the Dol­phins’ built-in home-field ad­van­tage — the sti­fling South Florida hu­mid­ity in Septem­ber – its ef­fec­tive­ness might be re­duced. The only 1 p.m. home game in Septem­ber is the opener against Tampa Bay, a team that fig­ures to be some­what ac­cli­mated to the con­di­tions be­cause of its lo­ca­tion.

The Dol­phins al­ready knew they were play­ing New Or­leans at 9:30 a.m. on Oct .1 at Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. The Dol­phins will only have seven home games at Hard Rock Sta­dium be­cause the New Or­leans game is tech­ni­cally a home game. The Dol­phins are play­ing there be­cause of a NFL reg­u­la­tion that re­quires teams that host a Su­per Bowl to play in Lon­don within five years of be­ing awarded the game. The Dol­phins are host­ing Su­per Bowl LIV in 2020.

The Dol­phins’ bye week is in Week 11 (Nov. 19).

The Dol­phins, ac­cord­ing to a source, asked the league not to sched­ule their bye week fol­low­ing the Lon­don game. Even though there’s ex­tended travel com­ing home from that trip, teams gen­er­ally pre­fer to have the bye closer to mid­sea­son to break up the monotony and re­cover from in­juries.

The Dol­phins had bye weeks fol­low­ing their Lon­don games in 2014 and 2016.

Last sea­son, Indianapolis had a bye in Week 10 in­stead of fol­low­ing its Week 4 game against Jack­sonville in Lon­don. The Colts lost to the Jaguars, 30-27, in Lon­don but won at home the fol­low­ing week against Chicago, 29-23.

Af­ter open­ing against Tampa Bay, the Dol­phins hit the road against the Charg­ers (Sept.17) and the New York Jets (Sept. 24).

Then it’s off the Lon­don for the Saints ga­meto end the first quar­ter of the sea­son.

The Dol­phins don’t have more any ex­tended roads trips or home­s­tands. They don’t play­more than two con­sec­u­tive road games or two con­sec­u­tive home games.

The Dol­phins are 3-2 in their past five sea­son open­ers. Last year’s 12-10 loss at Seattle in the opener, which was also coach Adam Gase’s de­but, snapped a three-year win­ning streak in open­ers.

The Dol­phins have opened on the road four of the pre­vi­ous five sea­sons, go­ing 2-2 in those games.

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