The Miami Dolphins will again make the long trip to London in 2017, this time to face the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. The early indications are the Dolphins will be the home team, though official home and away matchup has not yet been confirmed.
This will make the third time in four years the Dolphins have played in England. The Dolphins lost the first game in England 13-10 against the New York Giants in 2007. They then returned in 2014 to face the Oakland Raiders, a game they won 38-14. The Dolphins then lost a 2015 AFC East mtachup against the New York Jets.
[Note: Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero has confirmed through his sources this report as well.]
The NFL has not indicated when the game would be played, nor which stadium the teams would use. This is the first year teams have played in multiple stadiums in England, using both the typical Wembley Stadium - the home of the England soccer team - as well as using Twickenham Stadium - the home of the national rugby team - this season. The NFL typically schedules bye weeks following a trip to England, so once the date of this game is confirmed, the Dolphins’ 2017 schedule will begin falling into place.
The Dolphins will play all of the NFC South (New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Carolina) in 2017, as part of the league’s divisional rotation for schedules. They will also face the AFC West along with the normal AFC East home-and-home series. The final two games from the schedule will consist of the teams in the AFC South and AFC North that finish in the same place in their respective divisions as the Dolphins finish in the AFC East this season.