Breaking Down Miami Dolphins' Opponents For 2015 NFL Season

By Shane Phillips

A Long, Painful Road

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The Miami Dolphins had the 12th toughest schedule last season and finished 8-8, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year. 2015 might be a tad better as Miami's opponents combine for a win percentage of .492. This season has the making of being a mixed bag, but here are the breakdowns for the Dolphins' 2015 opponents.

13. Tennessee Titans

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13. Tennessee Titans

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Even though the Tennessee Titans have the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, it won't help a 2-14 record that much. With the quarterback job up in the air and plenty of other questions left to be answered, Miami shouldn't have any problems getting a win in Tennessee.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars

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12. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Finishing with a record of 3-13, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking at another difficult season in 2015. The Jaguars have plenty of needs that must be filled, and turning this franchise into a winner will take a decent amount of time. The Dolphins will have to travel to Northern Florida, but they should come away victorious.

11. New York Jets

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11. New York Jets

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No one knows what to expect from the New York Jets entering the 2015 season since they cleaned out the front office, but it is pretty safe to say that they could split the season series with the Dolphins. Miami and New York split last season and anything can happen in the AFC East. I would like to put my money on the Dolphins, but division rivals always cause problems.

10. Washington Redskins

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10. Washington Redskins

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We were told that Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback, but do we believe it? Or the better question might be, how long will RG3 stay healthy? This is a coin toss because of the uncertainty around Washington. The date of the game will also play a factor since the Redskins will be home and cold weather is a possibility.

9. New York Giants

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9. New York Giants

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If consistent, the New York Giants are capable of being a top-tier team, but they weren't last year and finished 2014 with a record of 6-10. Lucky for the Dolphins, they will play host to the Giants, but that wide receiving corps of New York could cause havoc for Miami's secondary and linebackers. It all depends on what kind of day Eli Manning is having.

8. San Diego Chargers

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8. San Diego Chargers

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Miami shut out the San Diego Chargers in South Florida last season, 37-0. That came as a shock to many across the league, because Philip Rivers and the Chargers were a scoring machine. This time the Dolphins will travel out west, and I expect a much closer game or at least more offense from San Diego.

7. Houston Texans

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7. Houston Texans

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It isn't the Houston Texans that worry me, but whether or not the Dolphins can protect Ryan Tannehill. With a top-notch defense and J.J. Watt leading the way, the offensive line will have to be on its A-game. This one may come down to what team has the better defense.

6. Buffalo Bills

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6. Buffalo Bills

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The Bills-Dolphins rivalry is always one the fans enjoy and might take too seriously. They split 2014's matchups, and I expect the same this season. Buffalo has gone through a coaching change and has a handful of young players in leadership roles. Similar on both offense and defense, these teams will be battling for the Wild Card.

5. Baltimore Ravens

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5. Baltimore Ravens

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Miami has not had a ton of success against the Baltimore Ravens including a tough loss last season. The Ravens also spoiled the Dolphins' last playoff appearance in 2008. Come 2015, don't expect things to change as the Ravens will continue to have the upper hand. From coaching to quarterback, Baltimore is the better team.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

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4. Philadelphia Eagles

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There could be a quarterback battle brewing in Philly, but the Eagles' fast, high-powered offense will cause great issues for Miami. Weather may also be a factor since this game will be played in the City of Brotherly Love and the Dolphins do not like the cold.

3. Indianapolis Colts

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3. Indianapolis Colts

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The Dolphins and Colts last met in 2013 when Miami walked away victorious. Well, don't expect a similar outcome in 2015, because Andrew Luck has got a lot more experience under his belt. The positive side is that Miami will have home-field and Indianapolis still needs to solve the running woes. Still, Luck and the receiving corps may overpower the Dolphins.

2. Dallas Cowboys

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2. Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys may have a totally different look come September as Jerry Jones attempts to hold onto DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. Both players are in the hunt for new contracts after huge seasons. It really all depends on what happens with these two stars as both play such a crucial role for the team. We will just have to wait and see.

1. New England Patriots

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1. New England Patriots

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When it comes to the New England Patriots, the Dolphins have no luck. Miami will win a game against New England here and there, but the Pats always get the upper hand. The two may have split last season's games, but the Patriots won the Super Bowl and the Dolphins can't even make the playoffs. Miami fans, don't get your hopes up.

Shane Phillips is a Featured Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.

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