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Dolphins 2018 opponents starting to come into focus

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Miami Dolphins v Houston Texans Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The NFL schedule is a rotating slate of games, with each division scheduled to play against another division from their conference, a division from the other conference, their own divisional rivals twice, and two games against two teams from the divisions in their conference that are not already scheduled, with the teams being the two clubs who finish the season in the same position in their respective divisions. As confusing as that all is, it basically means we can pretty well break down a team’s schedule well ahead of the release of the by-date games from the league.

For the Miami Dolphins, who have two games remaining in their 2017 regular season, the 2018 season will feature their home-and-home series against the AFC East, a game against each team in the AFC South, a game game against each team in the NFC North, and a game against the AFC North and AFC West teams who finish in the same position in their respective divisions as the Dolphins finish 2017 in the AFC East.

That breaks down like this:

Home Games

Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
AFC West

Away Games

Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
AFC North

Currently, the Dolphins, currently third in the AFC East, would be hosting the Oakland Raiders from the AFC West, who are currently 6-8 on the year, like the Dolphins. They would visit the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 5-9, from the AFC North.