Miami Dolphins: Will their 2018 schedule get any easier?

If you thought 2017 was rough for the Miami Dolphins then 2018 won’t look better. The Dolphins had one of their toughest schedules in recent memory but this was supposed to be the year they turned it all around. Then Ryan Tannehill went down and it was a snowball effect from then on.

While you can sit back and make excuses for the lack of performance, under coaching, and undisciplined play you won’t be able to deny the Dolphins need to make some changes this offseason in order to be able to compete next season.

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The team will stack up against their usual AFC East opponents. The New England Patriots showed no signs of aging this season even though Miami split the series. The Buffalo Bills had the Dolphins number, beating them by one score each matchup. They even split the series with the Jets who were expected to go 0-16 this season.

Miami had their fair share of ugly contests this season and will have to go back to the drawing board. Sometimes they looked like a team that could compete and others they looked like they were the 0-16 Cleveland Browns.

Next season might not pretty either if they can’t find a way to turn this around:

Away Games:

Buffalo Bills (9-7)

New England Patriots (13-3)

New York Jets (5-11)

Houston Texans (4-12)

Indianapolis Colts (4-12)

Green Bay Packers (7-9)

Minnesota Vikings (13-3)

Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)

In case you’re wondering that’s 7 out of 8 away games that have potential to be cold weather games. Hopefully their schedule allows them enough away games early in the season as the Houston Texans are the only away game not played in the cold. Even if it is colder in their stadium the Dolphins will still benefit from playing in a domed stadium.

Home Games:

Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots

New York Jets

Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

Tennessee Titans (9-7)

Chicago Bears (5-11)

Detroit Lions (9-7)

Oakland Raiders (6-10)

Home games will be a little easier for the Miami Dolphins in 2018 but they’ll still face a few teams on the rise. 9 of their 16 opponents have tied their win total or eclipsed them. Seven of those matchups will be against playoff teams. While nothing is set in stone on how good a team will be next season, the Dolphins have an uphill battle. One season removed from a playoff spot they looked like they were finally rebounding. This season made them look like the same old Miami Dolphins. Back to the drawing board, Dolfans. 2018 needs a lot of work.

 

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