Based on the 2003 regular season, the Dolphins should be able to get off to another fast start, but things certainly won't be easy down the stretch.

The NFL released the entire 2003 schedule on Thursday, and the Dolphins will begin at home against the Houston Texans, meaning the Dolphins should be able to extend to 12 their league-best streak of opening-day victories.

The schedule includes four prime-time games, Sunday night home games against Buffalo and Washington, a Monday night game at San Diego and a Monday night home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

That game against Philly, scheduled for Dec. 15, is part of a tricky five-game stretch to end the season.

The stretch begins with a game at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. The league didn't do the Dolphins any favors by scheduling them for a night game the previous Sunday.

Then on Dec. 7 the Dolphins play at New England at 4:15 p.m., followed by the Monday night game against the Eagles.

The Dolphins then play at Buffalo on Dec. 21 (should be cold) before finishing at home against the hated New York Jets.

The Dolphins' bye will come early; it's scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28.


Sept. 7, HOUSTON, 1 p.m.

Sept. 14, at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Sept. 21, BUFFALO, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 28, Bye

Oct. 5, at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Oct. 12, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Oct. 19, NEW ENGLAND, 1 p.m.

Oct. 27, at San Diego, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Nov. 2, INDIANAPOLIS, 1 p.m.

Nov. 9, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Nov. 16, BALTIMORE, 1 p.m.

Nov. 23, WASHINGTON, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 27, at Dallas, 4:05 p.m. (Thanksgiving)

Dec. 7, at New England, 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 15, PHILADELPHIA, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Dec. 21, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Dec. 28, N.Y. JETS, 1 p.m.

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