The NFL’s regular season schedule won’t be released for another couple months, but the Miami Dolphins now know the first teams they’ll line up against when games kick off.
The NFL preseason schedule was released on Monday and the Dolphins as usual, will play four games. Here’s a look at each of the four match-ups and what’s intriguing about each:
Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons
Date Range: Aug. 10-13
What’s Intriguing: For the first time since blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons will return to action against the Dolphins. It will also be Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s first game since suffering a season-ending knee sprain. It’s the fourth straight preseason that the teams have met. Last year’s contest was moved to Orlando while Hard Rock Stadium was being renovated. The teams are expected to play in Miami this time around.
Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Date Range: Aug. 17-20
What’s Intriguing: Baltimore is the only AFC opponent that Miami will see in the preseason. During the regular season last year, the Ravens decimated Miami early and often in a 38-6 win. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco took advantage of a group of Miami linebackers that was poor in coverage. With the addition of Lawrence Timmons and a new defensive coordinator in Matt Burke, it’ll be interesting to see if that changes.
Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles
Date Range: Aug. 24-27
What’s Intriguing: This is the game where the starters see the most time and for the Dolphins, it should be a pretty good test on the road against the middle of the pack defense. Miami will also get a first-ever look at second-year Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz.
Opponent: at Minnesota Vikings
Date Range: Aug. 31 or Sept. 1
What’s Intriguing: For the final preseason game, very little tends to be exciting and contributors play very little. It is interesting that Miami heads north before beginning the regular season. The Dolphins probably won’t see much of Minnesota quarterback and Miami native Teddy Bridgewater in his return from injury.
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