The Miami Dolphins schedule has been released and the road to the AFC East championship will be decided over the course of an 18 week season.
Winning games outside of the division is important but very few times will a team win the division without having beaten their rivals. As is the case every year, the Dolphins will play the Bills, Jets, and Patriots at home and on the road. There are no neutral ground sites like London for these AFC East match-ups.
So when will Miami face off against their foes? Here is a look at the schedules for the AFC East.
The Dolphins will open and close the season against the Patriots with games in weeks one and 18. The first is away and the last is home.
New England will play at the New York Jets in week 2 and again in week 7 but will not play another AFC East game until week 13 when they play the Bills in Orchard Park. They will play the Bills twice in three games but will have a bye week after their first game with the Bills.
The Jets will face Miami in week 11 at Metlife Stadium on November 21st and will then travel to Miami in week 15 on December 19th.
The Jets will face New England as we said above in week two and week 7. They will play the Bills in week 10 and week 18.
The Bills will play the Dolphins in Miami in week 2 of the season and will then face them again in Buffalo, week 8. The October 31st game should allow Miami to avoid a lot of wintery weather.
Buffalo will play New England in week 13 and week 16 but their games against the Jets are fortuitous. They play the Jets in week 10 and will wrap the season in week 18 at home against the Jets. This is favorable late-season match-up for the Bills in what will most assuredly be a game with playoff implications.