The Miami Dolphins have the 15th most difficult schedule in the NFL in 2018, based on opponent winning percentage.
The Dolphins’ opponents were 128-128 last season and you can debate if an 8-8 Dolphins result in 2018 would be a relative success.
Miami catches a break in facing the AFC North, as Detroit, Green Bay and Chicago weren’t all that good last season. But facing the AFC South does not present much of a break, as Jacksonville, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Houston may all be quite decent.
Let’s take a look now at the Top 5 Toughest Games on the 2018 Miami Dolphins schedule, released Thursday:
- at Minnesota (13-3) in Week 15 — All the Dolphins have to do is slow down new Vikings Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson. This game takes place one week after a home game against the Patriots. Not ideal.
- at New England (13-3) in Week 4 — All the Dolphins have to do is slow down Tom Brady and Gronk. They are playing, right? At least this game takes place in September. Maybe by then, the Patriots will still be fighting among themselves.
- at Buffalo (9-7) in Week 17 — The last time I went to Buffalo the airplane door was frozen, upon arrival. Where’s Andrew Franks? Surely the Bills will have a rookie quarterback starting by now, right?
- at Houston (4-12) in Week 8 — DeShaun Watson is back. J.J. Watt is back. The addition of defensive back Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu could create some problems for the Dolphins. This is Miami’s only prime time showdown. And it is never, ever easy to play a road game on a Thursday night.
- vs. Jacksonville in (10-6) in Week 16 — The Jags arrived in 2017. Oh, and that Calais Campbell guy now plays for those guys up north. You remember him, right? It is very, very hard to score against a Jags D featuring Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack and Dante Fowler.