With the crazy offseason that the Miami Dolphins have had it’s easy to lose sight of what actually matters–which is making plays on Sundays. Although Miami was a 7-9 team last year, they still have the seventh most difficult schedule in the NFL this upcoming season. Of course, it is based off of last year’s success, but the Dolphins cannot be happy about the competition they are set to face.
The Dolphins do have the advantage of playing in a weak AFC East as the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills will be just as bad if not worse than they were in 2012. The New England Patriots have had the Dolphins’ number in years past, but if the ‘Phins can take care of business versus those lesser teams, they can afford to split the season series with Bill Belichick’s crew.
Aside from the divisional games, Miami also plays a healthy schedule that includes four teams that made the playoffs in 2012. Not to mention, the club will have to play on the road versus the New Orleans Saints who will be much better now that Sean Payton is back at the helm.
Miami plays teams with a combined record of 133-123 while their rival Patriots have the 12th hardest schedule if we base it off of last year’s success.
Parity is alive and well in the NFL so don’t be surprised if the Dolphins find themselves favorites in half of these games, especially since they had an offseason splurge in 2013. One game to keep your eye on is when the Atlanta Falcons come to town as Brent Grimes is the newest Dolphin and spent six seasons at cornerback for them.