The NFL schedule for 2019 will be released later tonight, with televised specials on ESPN and NFL Network at 8pm ET. While we will breakdown the schedule once it is officially known, we will also keep up with all of the rumors and leaks of the schedule throughout the day.
According to The Athletic’s New England Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe, the Dolphins will be visiting the Patriots in Week 17 to end the season. Howe also reports the Dolphins will host the Patriots in Week 2. That would put the homefield advantage in play for both teams, with the Patriots dealing with the Miami head in early September, then the Dolphins facing the cold and (likely) snow of New England in December.
Another AFC East division rival, the New York Jets will visit Miami in Week 9, then host the Dolphins in Week 14, according to New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta (via Joe Schad).
Update (12:52pm): The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad adds the Dolphins will host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.
Update (12:57pm): Safid Deen from the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Dolphins will visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 12.
Update (1:12pm): Back in February, there was a rumor that the Dolphins would play at the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. If that rumors becomes true, that game would be Week 13 and - if other leaks/rumors are correct - would put the Dolphins on the road to visit the Cowboys four days after being on the road to play the Browns. Not ideal. It would also mean the Dolphins were on the road for three straight games, at the Browns, at the Cowboys, and at the Jets.
Update (1:30pm): Northjersey.com reporter Art Stapleton has the Dolphins visiting the Giants in Week 15. That puts Miami’s two visits to MetLife Stadium in back-to-back weeks. Would the Dolphins just stay up in the area rather than return to Miami only to fly right back in between the two games?
Thoughts (1:42pm): This seems odd. Four of the last six weeks for the Dolphins have been reported to be on the road. Add in the rumor of the Thanksgiving game, and the Dolphins are playing at least five of their eight road games at the end of the season. That could be great early in the year for Miami, where they can use the heat and humidity of South Florida to their advantage, but what a weird gauntlet the NFL would be setting up down the stretch for the Dolphins. Not sure if something will change here and one (or more) of the leaks/rumors will be wrong, but that is a lot of time traveling at the end of the year.
Update (2:26pm): Adam Beasley reports the Dolphins will have a Monday Night Football game in Week 8, visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Math/Logic (2:32pm): Okay, time to start piecing together some other pieces. The Dolphins do not have games leaked/rumored in Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 10, 11, and 16 right now. How do the teams not yet slotted ( vs./@ Bills, vs. Bengals, vs. Chargers, vs. Eagles, vs. Redskins, @ Colts) look leak wise? Neither Bills game is in this schedule yet, which means Miami has to play Buffalo twice somewhere in the span. Leaks of the Bills schedule rules out 4 (vs. Patriots), 10 (@ Browns), and 16 (@ Patriots). Bills games could be Weeks 3, 5, 6, 7, 11.
The only Bengals leaks so far have lined up with the Dolphins, so any of the weeks could still hold that game. Bengals game could be Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 10, 11, 16. The Chargers will play in Mexico City in Week 11, so that possibility is ruled out. Chargers game could be Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 16.
Philadelphia hosts the Jets in Week 5 and the Patriots in Week 11, knocking out those two spots. Eagles game could be Weeks 3, 4, 6,
7, 10, 16. Washington has the Patriots in Week 5, then the Jets in Week 11, opposite of the Eagles schedule. They also have the Bears in Week 3 and Giants in Weeks 4 and 16. Redskins game could be Weeks 6, 7, 10.
Colts have only one game leaked thus far, a Week 15 Monday night game, so they could still fill any of Miami’s missing dates. Colts game could be Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 10, 11, 16.
Well, that was not as fruitful as I had hoped.
Update (2:56pm): According to the Miami Herald (Armando Salguero, Adam Beasley, and Barry Jackson), the Dolphins will visit the Bills in Week 7 and host Buffalo in Week 11.
Update (4:09pm): The Miami Herald has reported the Dolphins at Cowboys game will not be on Thanksgiving. Instead it is in Week 3.
Update (4:15pm): The Miami Herald adds the Chargers in Miami in Week 4.
Update (4:41pm): The Miami Herald adds the Bye in Week 5 and the Washington Redskins in Week 6.
Update (4:47pm): That should round out the schedule. The Dolphins will visit the Colts in Week 10, host the Eagles in Week 13, and host the Bengals in Week 16.
Miami Dolphins 2019 schedule
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
September 8, 1pm ET
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
September 15, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
September 22, 1pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
September 29, 1pm ET
Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
October 13, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
October 20, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
October 28, Monday Night Football, 8:15pm ET
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
November 3, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts
November 10, 4:05pm ET
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
November 17, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns
November 24, 1pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
December 1, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
December 8, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
December 15, 1pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins
December 22, 1pm ET
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
December 29, 1pm ET
Dolphins Regular Season Opponents 2019
The NFL schedule is built based on a rotation of opposing divisions. Each team will face the other three teams in a home-and-home series for each every season. Then the division will face one division from within their conference each season, and one division from the other conference. Finally, the last two games to make up the 16 game schedule will be teams from the two divisions within the same conference that finished in the same relative position in their division standings as the team being scheduled.
In other words, the Dolphins will face the AFC East rivals (Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets) twice this season - and every season - once in Miami and once on the road. Then the AFC East will face all of the teams from the AFC North (Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers) and the NFC East (Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins). The final two opponents for Miami will be the teams from the AFC South (Indianapolis Colts) and AFC West (Los Angeles Chargers) who finished second in their divisions, as Miami did in the AFC East last year.
Here is how the home and away schedule will break down for the Dolphins:
Miami Dolphins Preseason Schedule 2019
Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 8-12)
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 15-19)
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 22-25)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
August 22, 8pm ET
National Television Broadcast: FOX
Preseason Week 4 (Aug. 29-30)
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints