The NFL schedule-makers are testing the Dolphins right out of the gate with three of their first four games on the road.
The Dolphins open the season Sept. 8 at Cleveland. The Browns feature new coach Rob Chudzinski, a former Dolphins assistant. But that's the start of a brutal early season stretch that includes back-to-back opening road games, playing one game at Sun Life Stadium in September, and all the while battling some of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
The Dolphins' second game is at Indianapolis, which features quarterback Andrew Luck, on Sept. 15. Then they come home to host Super Bowl hopeful Atlanta and quarterback Matt Ryan on Sept. 22, before going back on the road against New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees on Sept. 30. That's the first of the Dolphins' two "Monday Night Football" appearances.
The Week 5 game is no easy task. Miami hosts Super Bowl champion Baltimore on Oct. 6 before getting its bye week on Oct. 13.
The Dolphins host Buffalo on Oct. 20, visit New England on Oct. 27, and four days later, on Halloween, host Cincinnati in a Thursday night game.
The Dolphins follow that with a Monday night game at Tampa Bay on Nov. 11, the start of a four-game late-season home stretch that includes San Diego (Nov. 17), Carolina (Nov. 24) and the New York Jets(Dec. 1).
Then comes a tough back-to-back at Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) and hosting New England (Dec. 15).
The Dolphins close by visiting Buffalo (Dec. 22) and hosting the Jets (Dec. 29) in a game that could have playoff implications.
Opening with three of four on the road is definitely the toughest test of the season. Then the Dolphins have to bone up on victories as they play five of seven at home. The Dolphins close with three of their last five games on the road.
Dolphins 2013 schedule
DateOpponentTimeSeptember 8At Cleveland Browns1 p.m. CBSSeptember 15At Indianapolis Colts1 p.m. CBSSeptember 22Atlanta Falcons4 p.m. FOXSeptember 30At New Orleans Saints8:40 p.m (ESPN Monday Night Football)October 6Baltimore Ravens1 p.m. CBSOctober 13BYE WEEK October 20Buffalo Bills1 p.m. CBSOctober 27At New England Patriots1 p.m. CBSOctober 31Cincinnati Bengals8:25 p.m. (NFL Net Thursday Night Football)November 11At Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:40 p.m (ESPN Monday Night Football)November 17San Diego Chargers1 p.m. CBSNovember 24Carolina Panthers1 p.m. FOXDecember 1At New York Jets1 p.m. CBSDecember 8At Pittsburgh Steelers1 p.m. CBSDecember 15New England Patriots1 p.m. CBSDecember 22At Buffalo Bills1 p.m. CBS December 29New York Jets1 p.m. CBSCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Dolphins' 2013 schedule released
Dolphins start off season with three of first four on road.