The Miami Dolphins will “host” the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night in a nationally televised game in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium (previously the Orlando Citrus Bowl). This is the third preseason game for both teams, which is typically used as the dress rehearsal game for the start of the regular season. That will mean the starters for both teams will likely play throughout the first half, and possibly come back out after halftime to begin the third quarter.
The Dolphins will be looking for their defense to respond after a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week, especially as they look to shore up the run defense. Miami’s strength this year should be the defense, but concerns are mounting as the summer continues and a regular season opener against the Seattle Seahawks is under three weeks away.
The offense, meanwhile, is starting to find their rhythm, but now needs to prove they can do it consistently and that they can do it against the starting defense for opposing teams. There are still questions that need to be answered for Miami’s offense, including position battles at guard (Laremy Tunsil, Dallas Thomas, Jermon Bushrod, and Billy Turner) and running back (Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi).
Below, you will find everything you need to know to watch the contest:
Falcons (2-0) at Dolphins (1-1)
Preseason Week 3
Thursday, August 25
Game time: 8pm ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Weather: 82°F, Partly Cloudy
National TV Coverage: NBC
TV Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth
Radio Network: Full Miami Dolphins Radio Network stations
Online streaming: NFL GamePass will allow you to stream any of the preseason games. The package for the entire season will include on-demand replays of the regular season games, and it does have an associated cost. However, you can sign up for a free trial right now to be able to see this week’s preseason games.
NFL Network replay: 1pm Friday, August 26
Odds: Dolphins -2.5 | O/U: 43.5
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All-time Head-to-Head: Dolphins 8-4 (Regular season)
Last Matchup: Dolphins 27-23 @ Miami (Week 3, 2013)
Current Streak: Dolphins 1 win (2013)
Dolphins preseason schedule:
Week 1 (Aug 12) - @ New York Giants - W 27-10
Week 2 (Aug 19) - @ Dallas Cowboys - L 41-14
Week 3 (Aug 25) - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Orlando) - 8pm ET
Week 4 (Sep 1) - vs. Tennessee Titans - 7pm ET