2003 OPPONENTS SET

Under the NFL's new scheduling formula, the opponents for 14 of the Dolphins' 16 games are already set through the 2009 season. But the final two opponents are determined by the final standings the previous year, and that means we now know their entire list of Dolphins opponents for the 2003 season.

First off, the Dolphins will have their annual home-and-home series against AFC East opponents Buffalo, New New England and the Jets.

The rotation has the Dolphins facing all the teams from the AFC South next season, with Houston and Indianapolis (them again) coming to Miami and the Dolphins traveling to Tennessee and Jacksonville.

In interconference play, the Dolphins are scheduled to play the NFC East next season, and they will play host to Philadelphia and Washington while traveling to New York to face the Giants and to Dallas. Speaking of the Dallas game, there's a 50-50 chance that will be on Thanksgiving because it's the Cowboys' turn to host an AFC team and their only two AFC opponents at Texas Stadium are Miami and Buffalo.

Finally, the two remaining opponents are the teams that finished in the same place in the standings as the Dolphins (third) in the other two AFC divisions, the North and West.

In the North, that would be Baltimore and the Ravens again will come to Miami next season. In the West, that's San Diego, and the Dolphins will be traveling there in 2003.

So to recap, the 2003 opponents look like this:

Home — Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington

Away — Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, Dallas, New York Giants


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