Miami and Oakland still sit near the top among the league's winningest franchises and the Dolphins will be returning from the road looking to kick off their two-game home stand with a victory. They open the season at the Houston Texans on September 9th at 1 p.m., and then follow up the Raiders game with a pivotal AFC East showdown at home against the New York Jets on September 23rd at 1 p.m.
“Our players, staff and organization are excited about the 2012 season, which kicks off against Houston on Sunday, September 9th,” said Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. “We look forward to the challenges that await us and encourage our loyal and supportive fans to stand behind us as we begin this journey.”
Then it’s back out on the road with a long trip out west to the Arizona desert where Miami will face the Cardinals on September 30th at 4:05 p.m. The following Sunday the Dolphins visit the Cincinnati Bengals for a 1 p.m. kickoff and then they return to Sun Life Stadium to host the St. Louis Rams at 1 p.m. on October 14th before getting their bye.
Immediately after the bye it’s on the road for back-to-back games at the New York Jets on October 28th at 1 p.m., and then at the Indianapolis Colts – minus Peyton Manning – on November 4th at 1 p.m. Then it’s back home to host the Tennessee Titans on November 11th at 1 p.m.
There is only one primetime game on Miami’s schedule this season and that’s on a Thursday night, November 15th, at the Buffalo Bills on the NFL Network at 8:20 p.m. This is the first season that all 32 teams will play a Thursday night game and it’s the first time Miami will play a primetime game in Buffalo since September 17th, 1984, which was a Monday night.
Thanksgiving weekend welcomes the Seattle Seahawks to South Florida for an early afternoon kickoff at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 25th, and then the Dolphins host the New England Patriots for another key divisional game on December 2nd. This is part of a stretch of four home games in a five-week span, with a trip across the country to face the San Francisco 49ers on December 9th at 4:05 p.m. sandwiched in between.
Home games against the Jacksonville Jaguars with the potential of seeing former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne on December 16th and the Buffalo Bills on December 23rd – both at 1 p.m. – will take Miami up to Christmas. Being home in the warmth for three of the five Sundays in December will be a change from visiting cold-weather cities late the previous two seasons.
Looking ahead to the dead of winter, the Dolphins will once again close out the regular season at the New England Patriots on December 30th at 1 p.m. This is keeping with the change the league made last year to schedule divisional games in the final weeks. That adds more importance to them in the playoff race and encourages teams to play their starters.
Now Dolphins fans can plan out their fall weekends and help restore an intimidating home-field advantage to Sun Life Stadium.
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