Miami and Tampa Bay will meet for the 12th consecutive season and the 19th time in 21 years when the Buccaneers head south to Miami in early August to open the 2012 preseason schedule. The matchup will be the seventh time that the Dolphins have opened the preseason with their in-state rival. The home portion of the 2012 preseason concludes Week Three as the Dolphins once again welcome the Falcons to South Florida. The meeting will mark the third consecutive season that Atlanta and the Dolphins will square off in the preseason and the second time in three seasons that the meeting will take place at Sun Life Stadium.
The 2012 preseason road portion of the schedule will begin during Week Two as Miami will travel to Carolina. The trip to face the Panthers will be the Dolphins first preseason contest in Carolina since the 2006 preseason. The Dolphins close out the preseason portion of 2012 with a trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys. The matchup between the two storied franchises marks the third straight year the two teams will meet to conclude the preseason.
WFOR-TV (Channel 4) will once again be the preseason home of the Dolphins as all four preseason contests will be shown on the CBS affiliate in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market. The Carolina and Dallas matchups will be broadcast live and the Tampa Bay and Atlanta home games will be broadcast live if sold out 72 hours in advance of game time; otherwise they will be shown on a delayed basis. An announcement regarding the Dolphins’ television plans throughout the rest of the state of Florida will be made at a later date.