Dolphins Regular Season Schedule Announced

The Miami Dolphins will kick off their 42nd season in franchise history when they travel to the nation's capital on Sunday, Sept. 9 to take on the Washington Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs at FedEx Field starting at 1 p.m.

The game will mark the first visit to Washington since the 1999 season finale and it will also mark only the second time the two teams have ever opened the regular season against each other. Miami defeated the Redskins in D.C. 35-17 back in their 1984 regular season debut.

The Dolphins will open their home schedule the following Sunday, Sept. 16 when they take on another NFC East opponent, the Dallas Cowboys who come in for a 4:05 p.m. kickoff. It will mark the Cowboys' first trip to South Florida since the 1996 season.

The Dolphins will close out the month of September with a Sept. 23 road game at the New York Jets and a home contest against the Oakland Raiders (Sept. 30), both 1 p.m. starts.

October will open with a pair of road games as the Dolphins travel to Houston to take on the Texans, (Oct. 7) looking to avenge last year's 17-15 upset loss, and then Cleveland to battle the Browns on Oct. 14.

An Oct. 21 home contest against New England will precede the Dolphins becoming a part of NFL history when they travel "across the pond" to face the New York Giants on Oct. 28 at London's Wembley Stadium marking the first-ever NFL regular season game played outside of North America.

Following a bye week, the Dolphins return to the states to resume their season with a Nov. 11 home contest against Buffalo followed by a Nov. 18 road game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The Dolphins will then play their only prime time game of the season the following week when the travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Monday, Nov. 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. The game will mark a rematch of last season's prime time regular season opener between the two teams at Heinz Field, won by the Steelers 28-17.

December will consist of five games for the Dolphins, three of them against AFC East teams and two potentially cold-weather games. After they host the New York Jets for a Dec. 2 home game (1 p.m.), Miami will travel to Buffalo and New England for Dec. 9 and Dec. 23 1 p.m. contests, respectively.

Those two games will be sandwiched in between by a Dec. 16 home contest against the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. The Dolphins will close out their regular season with a Dec. 30 1 p.m. home contest against the Cinciannati Bengals snapping a string of three straight seasons where the Dolphins closed out the regular season on the road. It will also mark the Bengals' first trip South Florida since 1991.

"It's an attractive schedule that features our traditional AFC East rivals as well as visits to Dolphin Stadium by playoff teams last year including the Cowboys and Ravens," said Dolphins President Bryan Wiedmeier. "I know that Coach (Cam) Cameron, the rest of the football staff, coaches and players are looking forward to the upcoming season and are working hard in their preparations to build a winning football team."

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