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Miami Dolphins opponents: Ranking best and worst games before NFL schedule release

The Miami Dolphins already know which opponents will be on their slate when the NFL announces the league's 2024 schedule on Wednesday.

The 2024 NFL schedule release comes on Wednesday at 8 p.m., giving the Dolphins and the rest of the league's teams a glimpse at the gauntlet they'll have to go through to push for a postseason spot.

As usual, six of the Dolphins' 17 games will come against their AFC East rivals: The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New England Patriots. The other 11 games this season will consist of matchups against teams from the AFC South and the NFC West, plus the Packers, Raiders and Jaguars.

When do the Dolphins host the Bills in 2024?

Miami will host Buffalo in a Week 2 Thursday Night game on Amazon.

The Dolphins will host the Bills on Sept. 12 at 8:15 p.m, as announced by the network.

Folks in Palm Beach will have to subscribe to Amazon Prime to watch this game.

What is Miami Dolphins 2024 NFL Schedule Strength of Schedule?

Based on last year's records, the Dolphins play the NFL's 24th most-difficult schedule. Their opponents were a combined 141-148 last season for a winning percentage of only .488.

See The Palm Beach Post's rankings for the best Dolphins games of 2024, from worst to best:

17. Las Vegas Raiders (home)

First-year head coach, Antonio Pierce and Aidan O'Connell at QB.

16. Tennessee Titans (home)

First-year head coach, Brian Callahan, and Will Levis at QB.

15. Seattle Seahawks (away)

First-year head coach, Mike McDonald, and Geno Smith at QB.

Dec 24, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) leaves the field after a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) leaves the field after a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

14. Indianapolis Colts (away)

Second-year head coach, Shane Steichen, and Anthony Richardson at QB.

13. New England Patriots (away)

First-year head coach, Jerod Mayo, and rookie QB Drake Maye.

12. Los Angeles Rams (away)

No Aaron Donald to deal with as the Rams look to bounce back in '24.

11. Arizona Cardinals (home)

Second-year head coach, Jonathan Gannon, but we get Kyler vs. Tua.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hugs Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray after the Orange Bowl.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hugs Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray after the Orange Bowl.

10. New England Patriots (home)

Well, it is a divisional matchup.

9. Cleveland Browns (away)

The Browns will improve, if Deshaun Watson improves.

8. Houston Texans (away)

The Texans, without Deshaun and with C.J. Stroud, are on the rise.

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (home)

Trevor Lawrence playing at Hard Rock Stadium is fairly cool.

6. New York Jets (away)

What does legend Aaron Rodgers have left?

5. Buffalo Bills (away)

Will it be snowing? Will Miami reclaim division supremacy?

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17), runs by several Dolphins defenders on his way to a first down, during second half action of their NFL football game Jan 07, 2024, in Miami Gardens.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17), runs by several Dolphins defenders on his way to a first down, during second half action of their NFL football game Jan 07, 2024, in Miami Gardens.

4. Green Bay Packers (away)

Lambeau Field does it for me. And Jordan Love seems legit.

3. New York Jets (home)

"OC" Mike McDaniel vs. "DC" Robert Saleh always intrigues.

2. San Francisco 49ers (home)

Super Bowl rematch. Super Bowl preview?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium.

1. Buffalo Bills (home)

Thursday Night Football on Amazon on Sept. 12.

Miami Dolphins 2024 regular season opponents

Home

  • Arizona Cardinals

  • Buffalo Bills

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Las Vegas Raiders

  • New England Patriots

  • New York Jets

  • San Francisco 49ers

  • Tennessee Titans

Away

  • Buffalo Bills

  • Cleveland Browns

  • Green Bay Packers

  • Houston Texans

  • Indianapolis Colts

  • Los Angeles Rams

  • New England Patriots

  • New York Jets

  • Seattle Seahawks

NFL schedule leaks

Leaks usually begin to trickle out about the NFL schedule the day before the announcement.

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NFL Week 1 games: Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens

The Packers and Eagles will begin their season on Friday, Sept. 6 in Sao Paolo for the NFL's first ever game in Brazil. The Chiefs, as defending Super Bowl champions, will host an AFC Championship game rematch the day before when the NFL kicks off the season on Thursday Night Football on Sept. 5 with the Chiefs playing the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL London games: Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

The Bears, Vikings and Jaguars are all scheduled to host games in London this fall. The Bears and Vikings will host games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Jaguars will host a game at Wembley Stadium.

NFL Germany game: Carolina Panthers

The Panthers will host this year's game in Germany at Allianz Arena in Munich.

NFL schedule details 2024

Each team will play 17 games this season. The regular season will begin on Sept. 5, with the first full Sunday of games coming on Sept. 8. The final week of the season will conclude with games on Jan. 5, 2025.

Miami Dolphins offseason: NFL draft picks, free agent signings

The Dolphins' top free agent signings this offseason linebacker Jordyn Brooks, edge rusher Shaq Barrett, cornerback Kendall Fuller, center Aaron Brewer, safety Jordan Poyer and wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

The Dolphins used their first-round NFL draft pick on Penn State edge rusher Chop Robinson and their second-round pick on Houston offensive tackle Patrick Paul. The rest of the Dolphins' picks were: running back Jaylen Wright, edge rusher Mo Kamara, wide receiver Malik Washington, safety Patrick McMorris and wide receiver Tahj Washington.

Key players the Dolphins lost this offseason include defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, guard Robert Hunt, cornerback Xavien Howard, linebacker Jerome Baker and edge rusher Andrew Van Ginkel.

Joe Schad is a journalist covering the Miami Dolphins and the NFL at The Palm Beach Post. You can reach him at jschad@pbpost.com and follow him on Instagram and on X @schadjoe. Sign up for Joe's free weekly Dolphins Pulse Newsletter. Help support our work by subscribing today.

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