FUTURE SCHEDULES ALMOST SET

The NFL announced its new scheduling format under the eight-division alignment that will take effect next season, so the Dolphins know practically all of their opponents through the 2009 season.<P>For example, we can already tell you that the Dolphins' 2002 opponents at Pro Player Stadium, in addition to AFC East foes Buffalo, New England and the Jets, will include Oakland, San Diego, Chicago and Detroit.<P>

The other team to visit PPS next season will be the AFC North team that finishes this year in the same position as the Dolphins. The AFC North will be made up of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

In 2002, the Dolphins will play road games at Denver, Kansas City, Green Bay, Minnesota and the AFC South team with the same finish. The AFC South will be comprised of Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee.

What follows is a look at the Dolphins' opponents from 2002-2009:

2002

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, San Diego, Chicago, Detroit, AFC North same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Kansas City, Green Bay, Minnesota, AFC South same-place team

2003

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, AFC North same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, AFC West same-place team

2004

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Arizona, St. Louis, AFC South same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seattle, AFC West same-place team

2005

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Kansas City, Atlanta, Carolina, AFC South same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, San Diego, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, AFC North same-place team

2006

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Green Bay, Minnesota, AFC West same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, AFC North same-place team

2007

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, AFC West same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, AFC South same-place team

2008

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, AFC North same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Kansas City, Arizona, St. Louis, AFC South same-place team

2009

Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, AFC North same-place team

Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Carolina, AFC West same-place team


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