The Miami Dolphins are getting their first Sunday Night Football game since 2017 as one of two prime-time games on the 2022 schedule, along with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for another nationally televised game on Christmas Eve. to travel, as their regular-season slate was announced Thursday night.
Former coach Brian Flores’ return to Miami as a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 23 will be the nightcap of Week 7’s NFL action. Three weeks ago, the Dolphins’ trip to Cincinnati would take place on Thursday night of Week 4 on Sept. 29.
While there was speculation that the Dolphins’ road game with the Detroit Lions might be a Thanksgiving game, he avoided it, but Miami would host the Packers on Christmas Day, when Rodgers plays in Miami for the first time in eight years.
The Dolphins will begin the regular season on September 11 against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium, and they will also finish the season at home within the division, hosting the Jets.
Miami won’t leave the country in 2022 after receiving an international series game in London against the Jaguars last season, but the Dolphins are set to travel the fourth-most mile with two trips to the West Coast and many more to the north. League. They could stay out West for back-to-back December games at the San Francisco 49ers, which pits new coach Mike McDaniel against his former team and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Those two potential Frizz Road games will be in the final four weeks, after getting annual trips to New England and Buffalo by way of Halloween last season.
The Dolphins’ three pre-season games were also announced, and Miami would not leave Florida State with the only road game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and home games against the Las Vegas Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.
Here’s a breakdown of the Dolphins’ 2022 regular-season schedule:
Week 1: vs. New England Patriots, September 11, 1 p.m., CBS
Last season, the Dolphins opened at the Patriots and finished theirs at home against New England, sweeping both matchups. They reopened with the Patriots for the third year in a row, but this time at Hard Rock Stadium. Tua Tagovailoa is Mac Jones after winning a rookie match in Alabama 2-0 against his former backup quarterback and 3-0 aggregate in his career against coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots in 2020. The matchup no longer has extra intrigue. Going against Brian Flores’ team, he spent a decade and a half with Belichick, but now longtime Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is in New England.
Week 2: At the Baltimore Ravens, September 18, 1 p.m., CBS
The Dolphins, who have never won at M&T Banks Stadium, visit Baltimore to begin the road slate after hosting the Ravens last season for one of the more surprising victories of the 2021 season. Miami won 22-10 as a two-point underdog at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night. Additional local interest always comes from this matchup with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, a Pompano Beach native and a Boynton Beach high grad.
Week 3: Vs. Buffalo Bills, September 25, 1 p.m., CBS
The Dolphins are looking to break a seven-game losing streak in a series rivalry against the team that is the new king in the AFC East. Last season’s sweep at the hands of Buffalo began and ended Miami’s in-season seven-game losing streak, which thrashed the Dolphins 1-7 and turned things around for eight of their last nine wins. .
Week 4: Cincinnati in the Bengals, Thursday, September 29, 8:15 pm, Prime Video
The Dolphins get their first of two prime-time kickoffs, visiting defending AFC champs and quarterback Joe Burrows, who have reached immense heights after moving to the Bengals with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. Thursday night marks Miami’s first visit to Cincinnati since its 2018 defeat.
Week 5: On the New York Jets, October 9, 1 p.m., CBS
Like the Patriots, another divisional enemy swept away the Dolphins in 2021. Miami have won four straight and eight of their last nine in the series against the Jets. The matchup is another showdown of young quarterback New York’s Zach Wilson entering his second season. The jets were rebuilt through the draft, as the Dolphins had done a year earlier, with four of the first 36 picks at the end of April.
Week 6: Vikings vs. Minnesota, October 16, 1 p.m., Fox
The last time the Dolphins won the Super Bowl, it came against the Vikings to conclude the 1973 season. It’s ancient history at this point, but also Minnesota’s last win in Miami, which came in 1976 as the Dolphins won their last four meetings at home. Former Miami Central High and Florida State standout Dalvin Cook is ready to return home here.
Week 7: Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, October 23, 8:20 pm, NBC
Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores, now a defensive assistant on the staff of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, returns to Miami for a Sunday Night Football story. Flores was the Dolphins’ head coach for three seasons, running 24–25. He filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and several teams claiming racist recruitment and retention practices against Black coaches. He alleged in the lawsuit that Dolphins owner Steve Ross offered him financial incentives to tank and lose games in 2019, which Ross vehemently denied.
Week 8: Detroit Lions, October 30 at 1 p.m., CBS
It was thought it might be a Thanksgiving Day game, but the dolphins dodged a Turkey Day trip to Detroit, instead getting one on Halloween Eve. Miami last had a Thanksgiving game in 2011, losing to the Dallas Cowboys. The Dolphins are 7-5 against the Lions at all times.
Week 9: In the Chicago Bears, November 6, 1 p.m., CBS
Whenever these two teams play, one has to think of the historic 1985 Monday Night Football matchup, where the Dolphins handed one of their defeats to that year’s Super Bowl winners the Bears, the only one in the franchise’s 1972 reign. Defend the undefeated team. The Dolphins visited the Bears in Chicago last August for joint practice and a preseason game, but both teams now have new head coaches.
Week 10: vs. Cleveland Browns, November 13, 1 p.m., CBS
Deshaun Watson is coming to Miami – but it’s not. The former Houston Texans quarterback was linked to the Dolphins in trade talks for most of the 2021 offseason and regular season until last November’s trade deadline, but the Browns eventually moved in for him this offseason. Watson may still face suspension because of 22 civil lawsuits against him, ranging from sexual misconduct to sexual assault with claims that he will not be criminally charged.
Week 11: Goodbye Week, Nov 20
Week 12: Vs. Houston Texans, November 27, 1 p.m., CBS
Miami has historically struggled against the NFL’s last expansion franchise since entering the league in 2002. The Dolphins lost their first seven meetings with the Texans, but have since won two of the three. They hosted Houston for the second consecutive season after 7 wins from November 17-9 last year. A seven-game losing streak was broken and a seven-game winning streak began.
Week 13: at the San Francisco 49ers, December 4, 4:05 p.m., Fox
New Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel returns to San Francisco to face the franchise he called home for the past five seasons under 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, with the last coming on as offensive coordinator. This is an additional matchup under the NFL’s 17-game schedule established in the previous season, just as the home game against the New York Giants was last season.
Week 14: At the Los Angeles Chargers, December 11, 4:05 p.m., CBS
The second meeting between the quarterback from the 2020 draft at Tua Tagovailoa, whom the Dolphins selected with the No. 5 pick, and Justin Herbert, whom the Dolphins passed to draft Tagovailoa. Herbert has the 2020 Rookie of the Year and 2021 Pro Bowl selection to his advantage, but Tagovailoa won his first meeting at home in his rookie season. Miami gets its two West Coast trips on one Sunday after another.
Week 15: On Buffalo Bills, December 17 or 18, Time/TV TBD
The Dolphins’ last win at Buffalo came on Christmas Eve in 2016, a crucial win over Miami’s last playoff berth.
Week 16: Vs. Green Bay Packers, December 25, 1 p.m., Fox
Last year’s top seeds in NFC visit Hard Rock Stadium over Christmas in 2022. The Dolphins won their first eight all-time meetings against the Packers, but Green Bay captured five of the last seven. Should this trip for Aaron Rodgers, who is up 2-1 in his career against Miami, potentially play a role in his 2023 off-season decision, should Tua Tagovailoa struggle this year, leaving the Dolphins Can you afford to buy a new quarterback?
Week 17: In the New England Patriots, January 1, 1 p.m., CBS
After a bookend game against the Patriots in the 2021 season, the Dolphins’ final game this season will be in New England after opening at home with a division rival. Last year, the Dolphins got their second win at Foxboro since 2008 on that trip. They might get cold on New Year’s Day.
Week 18: Vs. New York Jets, January 7 or 8, Time/TV TBD
This time around, the Dolphins finished the season with a home final against the Jets. Can they make it worthwhile for the effects of the playoffs to end in Week 17, after last season?
Dolphins Pre-Season Schedule:
week 1: At the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sat, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., CBS
Week 2: vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m., CBS
Week 3: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m., CBS