On Paper, Miami Dolphins Have Toughest 2013 Home Schedule Amongst AFC East Teams

By Craig Ballard
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We know that things will change between 2012 and 2013, but this article is a look at the home schedules for the Miami Dolphins and their AFC East foes. 2012 records will not mean much in 2013, but on paper the Dolphins are behind the 8-ball as far as home schedules for the 2013 season.

The on-field product has struggled for some time now, and the home attendance has dipped to new lows lately. Phins phans are avoiding paying NFL prices to attend games and I think their message is clear — only winning will return the (paying) butts to the seats. Over the last 10 seasons, the Dolphins are just 36-44 at home. Although the team roster is surely improved, they will face several strong tests at Sun Life Stadium in 2013.

Miami will host the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers this season. Those teams combined for a 47-33 record in 2012, and even the 7-9 Panthers and 7-9 Chargers finished the season on 8-2 combined runs.

The Buffalo Bills host the same teams as Miami this season, but take out the Chargers and put in the Kansas City Chiefs. That adds up to a combined 2012 record of 42-38. All due respect to the Bills but regardless of their 2013 schedule they are sure to be the worst team in the division.

The New England Patriots will only host one team in 2013 that had a winning record in 2012. Wow. Only the Denver Broncos are going to give Pats fans any cause for concern this season as the other teams coming to Gillette Stadium (besides of course AFC East teams) are the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady goes 7-1 at home annually, and a bad season would be 6-2. This opponents list screams 7-1 (dare I say even 8-0 if they can beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos).

The New York Jets have a wonderful home schedule this season as they will host the AFC East, plus every team that the Pats host but take out the Broncos and add in the … Oakland Raiders … yikes … That puts the combined records for Jets opponents at 31-49 … yikes.

We still have the draft, plus the remainder of free-agency so we know there are a lot of transactions and changes still coming but on paper the 2013 Dolphins have not been done any favors (seemingly anyway) by the scheduling committee.

Craig Ballard is a NFL/NBA/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @craigballard77, and you can find all of his articles HERE

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