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Miami Dolphins 2014 schedule: Dates, game times, strength of schedule, more

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The Miami Dolphins' 2014 NFL schedule has officially been released. The Dolphins will host the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Baltimore Ravens. Miami will visit the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders (in London), Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions , and Jacksonville Jaguars .

Joel Auerbach

The 2014 NFL schedule has been laid out and it's time to start planning your fall, Miami Dolphins fans.  Here is who - and when - the Dolphins will play in the 2014 season:

Week 1: New England Patriots - 1pm ET, Sunday Sep. 7

Week 2: @ Buffalo Bills - 1pm ET, Sunday Sep. 14

Week 3: KC Chiefs - 4:25pm ET, Sunday Sep. 21

Week 4: @ Oakland Raiders (in London) - 1pm ET, Sunday, Sep. 28

Week 5: BYE

Week 6: Green Bay Packers - 1pm ET, Sunday, Oct. 12

Week 7: @ Chicago Bears - 1pm ET, Sunday, Oct. 19

Week 8: @ Jacksonville Jaguars - 1pm ET, Sunday, Oct. 26

Week 9: SD Chargers - 1pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 2

Week 10: @ Detroit Lions - 1pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 9

Week 11: Buffalo Bills - 8:25pm ET, Thursday, Nov. 13

Week 12: @ Denver Broncos - 4:25pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 23

Week 13: @ NY Jets - 8:30pm ET, Monday, Dec. 1

Week 14: Baltimore Ravens - 1pm ET, Sunday, Dec. 7

Week 15: @ NE Patriots - 1pm ET, Sunday, Dec. 14

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings - 1pm ET, Sunday, Dec. 21

Week 17: NY Jets - 1pm ET, Sunday, Dec. 28

Primetime Games: Buffalo Bills - 8:25pm ET, Thursday, Nov. 13; @ NY Jets - 8:30pm ET, Monday, Dec. 1

Strength of Schedule:.508 - 12th toughest

The NFL schedule is formulaic so we know most of the schedule for future years. The Dolphins play one NFC Division each year, which accounts for four games a year. This year that is the NFC North. Then there are the six AFC East games each year, which include the BillsJets, and Patriots. The Dolphins also play a rotating AFC division each year -- this year that's the AFC West, which includes the Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders. From there they play the two teams in each of the remaining AFC divisions that finished in the same spot in the standings as they did in the previous year -- that's the Ravens (AFC North) and Jaguars (AFC South) this year.

Assuming the scheduling process remains the same for the NFL (they last reset it in 2009), we can look forward to the next few seasons' schedules as well.

2015 Schedule: AFC East (home-and-home series), AFC South (vs Houston, vs Indianapolis, @ Jacksonville, @ Tennessee), NFC East (vs Dallas, vs New York Giants, @ Philadelphia, @ Washington), vs AFC North Division finish, @ AFC West Division finish

2016 Schedule: AFC East (home-and-home), AFC North (vs Cleveland, vs Pittsburgh, @ Baltimore, @ Cincinnati), NFC West (vs Arizona, vs San Francisco, @ Seattle, @ St. Louis), vs AFC South Division finish, @ AFC West Division finish

2017 Schedule: AFC East (home-and-home), AFC West (vs Denver, vs Oakland, @ Kansas City, @ San Diego), NFC South (vs New Orleans, vs Tampa Bay, @ Atlanta, @ Carolina), vs AFC South Division finish, @ AFC North Division finish

Dolphins 2014 Preseason Schedule:

Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 2: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

Week 4: vs St. Louis Rams