The Miami Dolphins will open their 2011 NFL season against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in the first of two opening MNF games. The second will be Oakland and Denver. Or, the Dolphins will lose their first game against the Patriots if the lockout extends into the season and the opening weekend is cancelled. Either way, the season comes into a little more focus with the announcement of the official 2011 schedule.
The Dolphins one only 1 home game all season, something that fans don’t really want to be reminded about but something that the team should be reminded about daily. The Patriots pasted a 41-14 drubbing on the Phins at Sun Life Stadium after a complete special teams meltdown that made Patriot Safety Eugene Chung look like a Hall of Famer. Blocked kicks, punts, you name it. In the end, Special Teams coach John Bonamego was out of a job and the Dolphins were doing some serious soul searching.
While the Dolphins will have to travel to New England later in the season, the New York Jets will travel to Miami on the last weekend of football to close out the season. The Phins will play host to the only NFL team they have not beaten when they host the Texans in week two before heading on a road trip to Cleveland and then San Diego to wrap the first month of the season.
For a team that played as bad as the Dolphins did last season, they have 3 primetime games, the opening against New England, the 6th week on a Monday Night at the New York Jets, and a Thanksgiving day game in Dallas.
Here is the full schedule: