The Miami Dolphins have long known who they would play in the preseason, where and in what week, but they know have the other question answered…when.
The NFL released the preseason schedule on Tuesday, which included nationally televised broadcasts.
For the Dolphins, the preseason will open on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. ET at home against the reigning NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. Miami defeated the Falcons last preseason in Orlando, 17-6.
In Week 2, the Dolphins will host the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. ET. Baltimore defeated Miami 38-6 during the regular season last year.
Preseason Week 3 will be more of the same as Miami visits Philadelphia on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. ET. Every team will play their final preseason game on Aug. 31. For Miami, that’s a trip to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a game that kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.
Unfortunately for Dolphins’ fans, who don’t live local, none of the preseason contests will be broadcast nationally on NBC, FOX, ESPN or CBS. There is hope however.
The good news is the NFL Network has yet to announce its live television schedule. When the Dolphins host the Ravens on Aug. 17, it will be one of just three games to take place that night. When they visit the Eagles the following week, they’ll be one of only two games on the slate.
With the regular season and now preseason schedules set, the Dolphins now know what their road to get back to the playoffs and perhaps beyond, looks like. The real good news is we’re less than three months away from watching NFL football…even if it’s exhibition football.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson