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The Blitz: Wednesday March 3

The 17*th* Game

Peter King's weekly Football Morning in America column covers topics from all around the league, including the increasing likelihood of a 17-game schedule next season. But what would that mean from a scheduling standpoint? The structure of the NFL schedule is extremely regimented: six divisional games, four against an entire AFC division, four more against an NFC division and the final two against a pair of clubs who finished in the same position in their respective division.

Now, the inclusion of a 17th game, could change that scheduling dynamic. Or would it? Monday, King wrote that TV partners and NFL schedulers are working under the assumption that the 17-game schedule will debut in 2021.

King also reports the NFL chose the same formula that will produce Dolphins at Raiders and a trip to Miami for the Baltimore Ravens this season (all three teams finished second place in their respective divisions). With the AFC East reportedly taking on the NFC East, the Dolphins could host the 2020 runner-up of that division in the New York Giants.

Happy Birthday QB1

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa celebrated his 23rd birthday Tuesday. After serving the Grand Marshal for NASCAR event at the Homestead-Miami speedway Sunday, Tagovailoa took in some puck as the Panthers fell to the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime.

The second-year southpaw received plenty of birthday wishes from his Dolphins teammates.

Friday is our 305 Celebration

There's still time to register to Celebrate the 305, presented by Verizon. Mask up and meet us at one of our many locations to join the Dolphins' celebration. Use this link to register for early access to our pop-up locations and exclusive giveaways!

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