Forget about the Miami Dolphins playing the toughest “strenght of schedule” this upcoming year. Forget about them playing a tough schedule period. From top to bottom there are games that will shake the trees of good and bad. And it all starts in the first 3 weeks. Here is a little deeper look into their 2009 schedule.
The Dolphins open against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons…in Atlanta. They come home for Peyton Manning and the Colts before heading across the country to face Phillip Rivers and the AFC West Chargers. Yep, 3 playoff teams and 3 Pro-Bowl QB’s. Well, Rivers should have been a first ballot.
If that isn’t bad enough, the Phins return home to face the Buffalo Bills and Terrell Owens…at 4. No 1PM hot as hell humid Sunday. Nope, a cooler Sunday afternoon. Then, the Jets come to town. In a primetime game on Monday night. The Dolphins will leave for their bye week and return to face the N.O. Saints in Miami…at…you guessed it, 4. Shafted again.
The schedule gets a bit better after the N.O. game. The Phins will travel to NY to face the Jets…in early November and then off to the Patriots in another mid-November no cold weather game. The team will leave NE for a home game at 1PM against the Buc’s and then leave for a Thursday night game in Charlotte, NC (where I plan on being) the following week.
The Dolphins will then head to Buffalo for what will amount to it’s only “true” cold weather game of the season although Tennessee could be a bit chilly three weeks later. Following the Bills game, the Phins will come home to face the Patriots in a Sunday night battle and then head up I-95 to face the Jaguars.
The Phins will play the Titans and then come home for the final 2 games of the year. Both 1PM games against the “we still haven’t beaten the Texans” and the reigning Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
So there is good news and bad news, but aside from the very tough schedule, it appears that the Phins at least stay out of the elements that could sway a game in the favor of the home team…which early on includes the Phins themselves.