The Miami Dolphins schedule was announced by the NFL earlier in May. It features one solidified prime time game, with the potential for two, as well as a plethora of games against west coast teams. 

Miami will see both Los Angeles teams visit in back-to-back weeks, as well as a home-and-home in back-to-back weeks with division rival New York. The Dolphins face the NFC West in their out of conference games and will also play host to the defending Super Bowl champions, Kansas City.

Members of the FPC Dolphins predicted Miami’s season below. This one represents their predictions pre-training camp and they will again do another after preseason.

Garrison Pulley, Contributor:

Week 1: Miami @ New England 

Miami Win

Why: With the Patriots losing quarterback  Tom Brady over the offseason it would be no surprise to see the Patriots come out of the gates a little slow. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be leading with the steady hand of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. On top of so many other good additions for the Dolphins, they could come out and surprise everyone with a solid week one performance.

Week 2: Miami vs Buffalo 

Miami Loss

Why: Buffalo is coming off a very strong 2019 season, grabbing the wildcard and fighting the Patriots for the division the whole way. Now, with the Patriots out of the way, and the Bills adding wide receiver Stefon Diggs as a soon-to-be favorite target for QB Josh Allen, it is hard to see the Dolphins getting a win against the best team in the AFC East.

Week 3: Miami @ Jacksonville

Miami Win

Why: The Jaguars are in the position the Dolphins were in just a year or two ago. Jacksonville does not have a franchise QB and as of right now they are riding with QB Gardner Minshew after his solid rookie season. Jacksonville should serve as an easier matchup with its secondary in shambles, and Miami and Fitzpatrick could have plenty of chances to air it out to their speedy receivers.

Week 4: Miami vs Seattle

Miami Loss

Why: Miami has a pretty tough start to their schedule, playing four 2019 playoff teams in their first five games. Although Seattle has taken a few steps back on the defensive side since their Super Bowl runs, it still has Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate QB Russell Wilson to provide more than enough magic for the Seahawks to consistently win games.

Week 5: Miami @ San Francisco

Miami Loss

Why: The 49ers will unquestionably be one of the toughest matchups of the season for Miami. Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the 49ers shored up their offensive line and QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be looking to prove his place in the NFL, and not just be a former shadowed backup to Brady. 

Week 6: Miami @ Denver

Miami Loss

Why: The Broncos have always been known for their defense and having good home-field advantage. There is no doubt that playing in the mile high stadium puts a real test on a players stamina throughout the game. This will be a close fight for the Dolphins because of the Broncos’ still-learning young quarterback, Miami may have a chance to snag a tough road game, but I think it’ll still come up short.

Week 7: Miami vs Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Loss

Why: Even though the Chargers lost QB Philip Rivers to the Indianapolis Colts they still have a very strong defense that was banged up during the 2019 campaign. LA’s strong secondary and intense pass rush will no doubt prove to be one of the toughest matchups for a pocket passing QB like Fitzpatrick.

Week 8: Miami vs Los Angeles Rams

Miami Loss

Why: Miami gets to spend a solid two weeks facing Los Angeles teams back-to-back. The teams are similar where they both have good defenses. Most notably, the Rams have, defensive end Aaron Donald who alone takes at least two offensive lineman to stop. LA also has a more steady option at QB than the Chargers in QB Jared Goff, making them more dangerous on both sides of the ball.

Week 9: Miami @ Arizona

Miami Loss

Why: The expectations for Arizona QB Kyler Murray are sky high as the rest of the NFL has seen QBs like Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes with similar play styles burst onto the scene as an MVP caliber player. The Cardinals are likely a few years ahead of where the Dolphins are right now. Not only do they have a consistent, growing QB, but they just fleeced WR Deandre Hopkins from the Houston Texans. Miami should watch how Arizona uses Murray in the coming years as new QB Tua Tagovailoa may be in the very same position at the start of next season.

Week 10: Miami vs New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: With the AFC East wide open the Jets also have an opportunity to make a jump in the division. QB Sam Darnold will be looking to make a leap with additions across the offensive line and WR. New York wants to give Darnold the opportunity and time to grow, but the Jets are still behind the Dolphins in terms of having a more complete team.

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: Miami @ New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: It wouldn’t be surprising to see these teams split their games, but I do think the Dolphins sweep. Miami is just plain and simple rebuilding quicker and better.

Week 13: Miami vs Cincinnati

Miami Win

Why: Aside from drafting QB Joe Burrow, the Bengals are bad with not much of a structure built. This should cause them to struggle for most of the season. But just like the Bengals, the Dolphins have to learn to ride through maybe another low-win season. However, like playing against the Jets, Cincinnati is behind Miami.

Week 14: Miami vs Kansas City

Miami Loss

Why: Everyone should be expecting this in my opinion. Barring unforeseen circumstances, MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to keep their Super Bowl run going. It is nearly impossible to stop the Chiefs between Mahomes’ ability to throw at full sprint and air it out for 60 plus yards will be the ultimate test for any secondary in the NFL.

Week 15: Miami vs New England

Miami Win

Why: The Dolphins and Patriots dating all the way back to 1966 have a matchup record with Miami leading 56-53-0. For years it seemed as though the Dolphins would steal at least one game from Tom Brady and the Patriots. Now that Brady is out of the picture however, Miami has a real chance to win both matchups this season.

Week 16: Miami @ Las Vegas

Miami Loss

Why: The Raiders during the offseason were looking to add some firepower around their established QB starter in Derek Carr. Las Vegas added three wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Las Vegas will have a very fast paced offense and Miami, at this point in the season, may have Tagovailoa leading the way in order for him to get some reps. 

Week 17: Miami @ Buffalo

Miami Loss

Why: Miami finishes off the season with a really tough, really cold road game in Buffalo. Teams that play in warm places like Miami are more prone to struggle when they have to travel to the colder states. Traveling to Buffalo even if they are resting for the playoffs will be a true test of character in such a cold setting.

Record: 6-10

Carl Mahler, Contributor:

Week 1: Miami @ New England

Miami: Win

Why: It’s unknown how the Patriots will look without QB Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years. Bill Belichick is still the head coach, however, and he will have the best players out on the field. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of coach to be able to tank a season. It looks as though second-year QB Jarrett Stidham will start, but he’ll go up against veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and Miami’s daunting secondary in his first start. The Dolphins should have a comfortable week one victory.

Week 2: Miami vs Buffalo

Miami: Loss

Why: The Bills went and got one of the game’s best WR’s in Stefon Diggs from Minnesota that should prove to be a dynamic duo early when paired with QB Josh Allen. The Bills are easily the best team in the AFC East and will prove it in week two against the rebuilding Dolphins.

Week 3: Miami @ Jacksonville

Miami: Win

Why: The Jaguars have more questions than answers on its team, starting with the QB position. The Jaguars are relying on second-year QB Gardner Minshew who hasn’t exactly proven yet to be a franchise QB. RB Leonard Fournette’s murky status as the team’s starting back is up in the air after requesting a trade, and Jacksonville still can’t field three solid starting WRs. 

Week 4: Miami vs Seattle

Miami: Loss

Why: Miami’s young and inexperienced defense faces one the greatest NFL QB’s playing today in Russell Wilson. With his second year wideout in D.K. Metcalf, the Seahawks can attack the Dolphins secondary and win the receiving battles. WR Tyler Lockett will also still aid in the receiving core, proving the Seahawks are only growing at the position. They’ll all test CBs Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.

Week 5: Miami @ San Francisco

Miami: Loss

Why: The 49ers are coming off a Super Bowl loss and are still one of the best teams in the league. They went out and improved team holes with addressing its offensive line. The addition of former seven-time Pro Bowler Redskin Trent Williams immediately makes the OL better. The run game in Raheem Mostert will without a doubt improve and hurt the Dolphins early and often.

Week 6: Miami @ Denver

Miami: Loss

Why: The Broncos went full speed in the draft with drafting back-to-back wide receivers. University of Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and Pennsylvania State WR K.J. Hamler will sport the orange and navy after going one-two with the team’s first two draft picks. With Denver making a full 180-degree with its offense, it’ll be a battle between first-year starter Drew Lock and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

Week 7: Miami vs Los Angeles Chargers

Miami: Win

Why: The Chargers have a big decision to make at the QB position: go with a shaky Tyrod Taylor or insert rookie Justin Herbert into the mold. LA will also have to see how RB Austin Ekeler adjusts after the departure of RB Melvin Gordon. Miami has more pieces confirmed on its team than LA and should walk away with the win.

Week 8: Miami vs Los Angeles Rams

Miami: Loss

Why: Yes, the Rams did lose a handful of players including Todd Gurley, but there’s no denying the pieces the team retained are difference makers. Teams will still have to deal with All-Pro defensive back Aaron Donald. His defensive leadership will wreck havoc on Fitzpatrick and the OL.

Week 9: Miami @ Arizona

Miami: Loss

Why: Coming off his Rookie-of-the-Year award, second-year QB Kyler Murray will look to continue to build off his stellar rookie season. Murray also picked up the best wideout in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins in a blockbuster trade. Arizona’s weapons on offense on the ground and in the air will likely overpower a Miami team coming cross-country. Get your popcorn ready for Byron Jones vs. DeAndre Hopkins.

Week 10: Miami vs New York Jets

Miami: Win

Why: Miami has upgraded its team far better than the Jets this offseason. The Jets did add some offensive line help in Mekhi Becton from Louisville, but QB Sam Darnold will still be seeing ghosts. Outside of Jamison Crowder the Jets have no other big name WR. The Dolphins should have a good day overall against the lowly Jets.

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: Miami @ New York Jets

Miami: Win

Why: Facing back-to-back games against a division team within a bye week is tough, but the Dolphins should sweep the Jets this season. Fitzpatrick will continue to lead the Dolphins at this point and WR DeVante Parker will have a big day. 

Week 13: Miami vs Cincinnati

Miami: Win

Why: QB Joe Burrow will be building toward a Rookie-of-the-Year reward with the talented WR A.J. Green. He’ll have WRs John Ross and Tee Higgins on a hopeful Bengals rebuild team. However, it’ll be an uphill battle for the Bengals who will struggle much of the season with no other pieces put together to complete the team.

Week 14: Miami vs Kansas City

Miami: Loss

Why: QB Patrick Mahomes is coming off a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. The team overall is built to score unlike any other team in the league. Miami will not be able to stop Mahomes from airing out the ball 50-plus yards down the field to multiple speedy receivers. Barring some injury to Mahomes, the Chiefs should have a cakewalk against the Dolphins.

Week 15: Miami vs New England

Miami: Win

Why: Just like in the season opener, Miami should overpower a lacking New England team. While it’ll have been a few months of play for the new QB for the Patriots, the Dolphins will have improved too and should sweep them for the first time since the 2000 season. 

Week 16: Miami @ Las Vegas

Miami: Loss

Why: The Raiders desperately needed to find Derek Carr some outside weapons and they did just that in the draft. Las Vegas will have firepower and speed on the outside which may prove to be too much against the Dolphins secondary. We might just see Tagovailoa make his NFL debut at the brand new Allegiant Stadium in this game depending on how Miami’s season is going. Miami could be fired up if this game is flexed to Saturday Night, but the travel will hurt them. 

Week 17: Miami @ Buffalo

Miami: Loss

Why: Miami travels up to Buffalo during the coldest time of the season where the weather is so unpredictable. Buffalo will likely rest some key players as they are bound for the playoffs, but should still pull out a win.

Record: 7-9

Kayla Morton, Managing Editor:

Week 1: Miami @ New England

Miami Win

Why: Miami’s roster is point-blank better than New England’s now. The Patriots lost way more than former QB Tom Brady; they lost studs on both sides of the ball, and three of them came to South Beach. Fitzpatrick should pick apart New England’s lacking defense, but it’ll be the Dolphins defense that has more fun with Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer – especially in week one. Miami also won its last season opener against New England and is 5-2 in its last seven.

Week 2: Miami vs Buffalo

Miami Win

Why: I think Miami wins one of two meetings with Buffalo this season. Because the team’s second matchup is in Buffalo at the beginning of January for the regular season finale, I don’t see a warm-blooded team making the transition successfully to the potential snow and freezing temperatures. The Bills are not the choke-heavy Patriots against the Dolphins in week 17.

Week 3: Miami @ Jacksonville, Thursday Night Football

Miami Win

Why: This game will come down to whose rebuilding is coming together more successfully the quickest. I think Miami’s front office is going in a better direction than Jacksonville’s, and it simply has more veterans at skilled positions. The Dolphins also had a better draft than the Jaguars.

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Week 4: Miami vs Seattle

Miami Loss

Why: This decision will likely change for me when we do this prediction again closer to the season. Despite Miami being 7-2 at home against Seattle all-time and the Seahawks not winning in Miami in this century, I think Seattle out-matches the Dolphins in a lot of categories. They’re a better put-together team and this will be one of Miami’s hardest games of the season, no question. It took some convincing for me to say “loss” here because of how much I research history, so ask me again in September. 

Week 5: Miami @ San Francisco

Miami Loss

Why: LOL this is going to be painful. The 49ers defense alone will more often than not annihilate a young Miami offense despite it having a veteran in Fitzpatrick. Not to mention, the team will have to try and find a way to stop RB Raheem Mostert, tight end George Kittle and San Francisco’s speedy receivers…on the road.

Week 6: Miami at Denver

Miami Win

Why: I’m not sold on QB Drew Lock yet and I think the Broncos are going to struggle in the run game because of the cancer Melvin Gordon that they brought into the team when they didn’t need him. Denver will win if its newly drafted rookie WRs, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, have already found a rhythm. Denver undoubtedly made a bold statement drafting WRs back to back in the 2020 NFL Draft, as it was its weakest position on the team (yes, even above TE).

Week 7: Miami vs Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Win

Why: New Chargers QB Justin Herbert will still be learning the ropes of the league and his team even in week seven. Cross-country 1 p.m. starts also don’t usually bode well for west coast teams. LA’s win last year in Miami was also its first win there since 1982 and it was a gimme with the Dolphins struggling roster.

Week 8: Miami vs Los Angeles Rams

Miami Loss

Why: Unless Miami’s run-defense is mightily improved, I think rookie RB Cam Akers has a field day. I know I just said above that west coast teams struggle traveling cross-country for early games, and I think the Rams will, but they’ll have a saving grace. I also think LA’s wide receivers are better than Miami’s currently and the amount of weapons it has will overpower the Dolphins.

Week 9: Miami at Arizona

Miami Loss

Why: Arizona has storms brewing in Glendale. It recently acquired WR Deandre Hopkins, still has WR Larry Fitzgerald and has a Dolphins familiar face in RB Kenyan Drake. While I think the Cardinals will have one of the worst defenses in the league in 2020, I don’t think the Dolphins will be able to keep up with their high-powered, improving offense.

Week 10: Miami vs New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: Miami has played New York better at home in the teams’ histories. These two division-rivals have had some of wackiest games as of late, always making it exciting. In an unpredictable game, I think the Dolphins have the edge because they bring a better team to the table.

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: Miami @ New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: Even with Miami having a losing record all-time away against the Jets, the teams will have played just two Sundays prior. With a bye inbetween, this will be the first time in Dolphins history it will play the same opponent in back-to-back games. Like I just mentioned in week 10, Miami brings a better team to the table.

Week 13: Miami vs Cincinnati

Miami Win

Why: I’m going cautiously optimistic here. It has taken over time for the Dolphins to beat the Bengals in their last two meetings (2012, 2019). Cincinnati will have a significant upgrade with Joe Burrow, but the Bengals defense is atrocious. I think they’ll be outworked again, despite it being deep into the season. Their rebuild is behind the Dolphins’.

Week 14: Miami vs Kansas City

Miami Loss

Why: It’s not because they’re the defending Super Bowl champs because Miami has beat the defending champ three times in the last five years. It’s simply because Kansas City is a monster of a team and should be able to pick apart the Dolphins defense easily. QB Patrick Mahomes has too many weapons, including his legs, that will make it a long day in general.

Week 15: Miami vs New England

Miami Win

Why: It’ll have been approximately an entire season since the teams have seen each other, but I think this is the year the Dolphins finally sweep. At this point, New England will know what it needs to do to end up with a range of picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. It won’t throw the game, but it likely won’t have a reason to need to win.

Week 16: Miami at Las Vegas

Miami Win

Why: I’m concerned for the Raiders. They can’t seem to get their receiving game together and I don’t think they chose the best available option with their first pick in this year’s draft. They also took too many low quality WRs to add to their already low quality — it won’t help them improve. They also had a questionable draft overall to fill the team’s holes. Miami is a better team coming in and the Dolphins could get an extra oomph if the game does indeed go to prime time on Saturday Night.

Week 17: Miami @ Buffalo

Miami Loss

Why: The NFL continues to fail in scheduling Miami road games in late December/January. It still doesn’t realize it’ll make more money if it gives the northern division teams’ fans a reason to travel down to Florida when it’s below freezing. Buffalo will also likely win the division if it wins this game, and the Bills will likely be better than the Dolphins all around this season.

Record: 10-6

Daniel Roberts, Contributor 

Week 1: Miami @ New England

Miami Win

Why: New England will be a totally different team this upcoming season. The Dolphins do not have to worry about facing the duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady any longer. With an improved team all around, the Dolphins will walk into Gillette Stadium and begin the season on a very positive note by getting the road win to kick off the 2020 season.

Week 2: Miami vs. Buffalo

Miami Win

Why: This will be the Dolphins’ home opener. Home field advantage is always huge in games, but because the Dolphins will have taken down the Patriots in week one, the team will feel good going into week two against the Bills. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will not disappoint at home and lead the Dolphins to a convincing 2-0 start.

Week 3: Miami @ Jacksonville

Miami Win

Why: Both teams had subpar records at the end of the 2019 season. What both teams did during the offseason in terms of drafting and free agency will be on full display in the Thursday Night football matchup. With the Dolphins getting their franchise QB and pieces around him that can help turn this franchise around, they will travel to Jacksonville and leave with yet another win to start off the season 3-0.

Week 4: Miami vs. Seattle

Miami Loss

Why: While the Dolphins may feel good going into this matchup, they will have not matched up against somebody with the caliber of talent that QB Russell Wilson has. The Dolphin defense will still be relatively young this upcoming season. With that youthfulness will come major struggles at times, and that will first come against a Seahawk offense that has only gotten better with experience.

Week 5: Miami @ San Francisco

Miami Loss

Why: Looking at back-to-back losses, the Dolphins will find themselves on the losing end of a tough matchup with the 49ers. Coming off of the Super Bowl loss, San Francisco will be looking to make another push at the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the helm of QB Jimmy Garropolo. A revitalized and more motivated 49er team on both sides of the football will take it to the Dolphins and bring the Dolphins record to 3-2 overall going into week six (that’s just putting it in a nice way).

Week 6: Miami @ Denver

Miami Loss

Why: The young Dolphin offense will have troubles on the road against a Bronco team that has always been known to play really strong defense at home. While the Broncos still have questions to figure out offensively, it still will not stop them from slowing down the Dolphin offense.The Broncos will make Ryan Fitzpatrick have a rough day offensively and will most likely win unless the Dolphins are clicking on all cylinders.

Week 7: Miami vs LA Chargers

Miami Win

Why: The Chargers will be one of the more struggling teams in the new decade. With a lot of uncertainty and questions surrounding the Charger offense, Miami will take advantage of that current situation and get another win at home. It should have a strong performances on defense which will end up carrying over to the offense.

Week 8: Miami vs LA Rams

Miami Loss

Why: Coming off a season that proved to be a good one for the Rams record wise, LA has acquired pieces that will expose the Dolphin defense. Miami’s defense will have the most trouble defending the run game for the most part which will in turn open up the pass game for Jared Goff at the end of it all.

Week 9: Miami @ Arizona

Miami Loss

Why: While Miami will come into the season with an improved offense, the Cardinals made moves of their own that could prove to be a problem for the Dolphin defense. With receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald leading the way with Kyler Murray at the quarterback, those three alone will be too much for the Dolphins to handle at the end of the matchup. The offense will not be able to keep up with the Cardinals and suffer another loss.

Week 10: Miami vs New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: The Jets are still answering questions offensively when it comes to trying to surround Sam Darnold with offensive weapons that could turn the team around. Ryan Fitzpatrick will have a field day with the Jet defense and cause problems for them all game long. Because the Jets are struggling with creating a consistent offense, the Dolphins will take advantage of that and grab another win at home. 

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: Miami @ New York Jets

Miami Win

Why: Same reasons as listed in week 10. The only difference is that the Dolphins will come in off the bye week refreshed and energized looking to grab another convincing win against the Jets. While being on the road will be different for the Dolphins, it won’t stop them from grabbing a pivotal road win that could help them clinch a playoff berth.

Week 13: Miami vs Cincinnati

Miami Win

Why: Coming off one of their more disappointing seasons, the Bengals will look to bounce back with Joe Burrow against the Dolphins. With no other major highlights coming from free agency and the draft, the team will still struggle much like it did last season and end up losing to the Dolphins in week 13. Experience will be a bigger factor in this matchup and will be on full display in all four quarters.

Week 14: Miami vs Kansas City

Miami Loss

Why: With the Super Bowl MVP leading the helm of a Chiefs team that has only gotten even better with experience, the Dolphins will get waxed at home by the Chiefs in week 14. Patrick Mahomes will expose the Dolphin defense and give them a run for their money. The final score of the matchup will show what the Dolphins still need in order to make a run at the Super Bowl in the near future.

Week 15: Miami vs New England

Miami Win

Why: Both teams will have had time to grow and become more accustomed to one another. With another matchup that could prove to be a playoff clincher for the Dolphins, they will look to ride that wave of momentum and drive at home when they host the Patriots in their last home matchup of the season. A Brady-less Patriot team will not stand a chance against the Dolphins especially on the road and the final score will show that.

Week 16: Miami @ Las Vegas

Miami Win

Why: With a Raider team that will still have gaps that need to be filled in week 16, the Dolphins will look to expose the flaws the Raiders will have and get perhaps their last win of the regular season. Miami will be a better team coming in thanks to a successful draft and improved team overall. The Raiders have to try and fix their receiving and rushing situation offensively which are very vital in scoring the football, because of that the Dolphin defense will have no problems with shutting them down at the end of the game.

Week 17: Miami @ Buffalo

Miami Loss

Why: With a playoff spot clinched, the Dolphins will most likely rest their starters for the last game of the regular season. The Dolphins will focus more on getting ready for the playoffs and because of that, the Bills will most likely end their regular season with a win against a secondary Dolphin team. 

Record: 9-7

FPC Dolphins will do a final season prediction in September.

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