It’s official. The NFL has pulled back the curtain on their final draft of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule.
The Miami Dolphins knew the who and the where but didn’t know the when. Now they do. Opening the season at home for the first time since 2014, the Dolphins will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They will also close out the season at home against division rival Buffalo.
A quirky situation will arrive in December when the Dolphins face the Bills twice in the span of two weeks. Facing the Bills in weeks 15 and 17 and the Patriots in weeks 12 and 14. The Dolphins will also get a late season bye week, week 11. The Dolphins requested to play the week following their trip to London and that request was approved by the NFL.
Miami will play four primetime games in 2017. Two Monday night games against the Patriots and the Panthers, one Thursday night game against the Ravens, and one Sunday night game against the Raiders. They will also play nationally early when they play in London.
Winning tends to have an effect on the NFL schedule. The four games is the most Miami has played in recent years. It’s also very possible to see Miami get flexed in week 16. The Dolphins will play the Chiefs in Kansas City and if the post-season is on the line, it will make for a very good primetime match-up.
The Sunday night game against the Raiders is only the 2nd game played by the Dolphins on Sunday night since 2006.
Here is the official schedule:
Week 1 – Tampa Bay
Week 2 – @ Los Angeles Chargers
Week 3 – @ New York Jets ( Metlife Takeover)
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints in London
Week 5 – Tennessee Titans
Week 6 – @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 7 – New York Jets
Week 8 – @ Baltimore Ravens (TNF)
Week 9 – Oakland Raiders (SNF)
Week 10 – @ Carolina Panthers (MNF)
Week 11 – Bye Week
Week 12 – @ New England
Week 13 – Denver Broncos
Week 14 – New England Patriots (MNF)
Week 15 – @ Buffalo Bills
Week 16 – @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 17 – Buffalo Bills
The Dolphins won’t play but one home game in September and will have cold weather games in New England, Kansas City, and Buffalo but overall the schedule should hold up well for the Dolphins. While the end of the schedule could be very tough, the late bye week should help get them ready for a post-season push.