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5 Games That Will Define The Miami Dolphins’ 2014 Season

Miami Dolphins 2014 Schedule: 5 Games That Will Define Season

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The Miami Dolphins have one of the league's tougher schedules in 2014. These five games are not only the most challenging on paper, but they also serve the most importance to the team's success in 2014.

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5. Sept. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs

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5. Sept. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs

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In a Week 3 showdown, the Miami Dolphins will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in what will likely be a season-defining matchup for both squads. Miami will need to test their new-look offensive line, and what better way to do so than against one of the league's best pass rush duos in OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. If Miami's offense can play physically against one of the league's better defenses, consider it a win.

4. Dec. 1 at New York Jets

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4. Dec. 1 at New York Jets

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Miami surely struggled last season in the AFC East, therefore getting off to a great start will be key early on in the season. But a Week 13 matchup with the division rival New York Jets is must-see television and will be aired live on ESPN. Miami and New York tend to split their regular season meetings, but both teams will look get the upper hand here in their first meeting of the season. Both teams should be in Wild Card contention as well.

3. Nov. 23 at Denver Broncos

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3. Nov. 23 at Denver Broncos

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Ah, nothing like paying a little tribute to the greatest pass rusher in Miami Dolphins history here in Jason Taylor. Of course, Miami is without Taylor in this season's matchup, and that Tim Tebow guy is gone after being replaced with the best quarterback in the history of the NFL. But hey, Miami has a chance, right? Miami will be traveling to Denver in a Week 12 matchup in hopes of an upset. It'd be one of the bigger upsets of the year.

2. Sept. 7 vs. New England Patriots

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2. Sept. 7 vs. New England Patriots

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Miami opens the season in a defining game against the division champion New England Patriots. Miami will likely be without All-Pro C Mike Pouncey, but New England may not have a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski. Miami will also be missing DE Dion Jordan and S Reshad Jones, which may harm the Dolphins' chances to pull off an upset. But the team does have a whole new offense to unveil under Bill Lazor, which could come out firing. Get it? Lazor?

1. Dec. 28 vs. New York Jets

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1. Dec. 28 vs. New York Jets

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Miami ends their season against their biggest division foe, the New York Jets. Both teams may be in Wild Card contention, which may make this game incredibly important for the AFC Playoff picture. Both teams look poised to make a playoff push this season, making this a win and you're in kind of game. It certainly helps that Miami will be at home in this one. No cold weather and free to open up the offense against a weakened secondary.