Miami Dolphins could open on road against Kansas City Chiefs
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins 2023 schedule is still a couple of months from being revealed but there could be an opening night in Kansas City to kick off the season.
The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs will now open the 2023 regular season at home against one of their opponents…naturally. The Miami Dolphins are one of those teams that will play in K.C. next season.
The NFL likes their storylines so could a Tyreek Hill to K.C. be enough to entice the scheduling people to put Miami on the national stage to open the season? Maybe. It is entirely possible but they could also go in a couple of other directions as well.
The Chiefs will also host the Eagles, which could make for a big Super Bowl rematch. The NFL doesn’t get too many of these opportunities in the regular season so making the Eagles play in K.C. could be a great beginning after the Super Bowl ending.
There is precedence too. In 2015 the Broncos beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl and opened the Thursday night kickoff against the Panthers. Prior to this season, the NFL had only experienced 6 games in league history that featured a Super Bowl matchup the following year in the regular season but none of those kicked off the next year.
The NFL could, obviously, skip over the whole Super Bowl rematch to open the season and instead pit the Chiefs and Bills against each other to open the season. The Bills and Chiefs have been going at it for the last couple of years and this year the NFL missed out on the opportunity for a rematch of the team’s regular season game.
If the NFL keeps the game divisional, then the Chiefs could face the Chargers, Raiders, or Broncos but those games are better reserved for after the season starts. The NFL likes a big show to kick off a new year and the best games with any extra incentive are the Eagles, Bills, and Dolphins. They could also host the Bears and Lions but if the league goes across to the NFC the Eagles are the better bet.
Prediction? While I think the Eagles would make for an entertaining start, I think the NFL wants to see the Bills and Chiefs kick off the season.