So you thought the opening four games of the 2013 season were tough? Penciled a few losses early only to be surprised by the efficiency of the Miami Dolphins to open 3-0? Well, get your red markers out folks, the 2014 schedule is going to be brutal.
The Miami Dolphins know two things with certainty. One, they will play in week four in London, England against the home team Oakland Raiders. In week five they will return home and enjoy their bye week. Everything else won’t be known until sometime in April or possibly May. Except of course who those opponents are.
We already know the Dolphins play the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots both home and away and of course the aforementioned Raiders “away” in London. By comparison those are the Dolphins easy games.
At home in 2013 the Dolphins will have to try and fill their 70,000 plus seat stadium with fans and convince them they can win against the playoff bound Kansas City Chiefs, playoff bound Green Bay Packers, and playoff bound San Diego Chargers. They will also face the Baltimore Ravens who like Miami came within one game in week 17 of making the post-season. They will also play the Vikings.
When they hit the road it gets no easier. They will play in Mile-High agains the playoff bound Denver Broncos. They will also play in the Windy City, Chicago, and travel a few hours North to Jacksonville for a game with the Jags. Their final away opponent is the newly coachless Detroit Lions.
The expectations to win next year will be high regardless of who is leading the Dolphins but if Joe Philbin is retained, the schedule for next season may not be conducive to him keeping his job beyond the season without some major changes to his staff and coaching style.