So, just how good can the Miami Dolphins be this season? With quality additions on both offense and defense, all signs seems to point to the first winning season for the Phins since 2008.
But not so fast. Although nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, one thing is for sure: there are going to be some juicy home games at Sun-Life Stadium this fall.
Let’s take a look at five games you’ll want need to buy your tickets to as soon as possible.
September 27, 4:25 PM EST
For true, die-hard Miami Dolphins fans, this one needs no hype (but we’ll try anyway). Division rival, new head coach Rex Ryan, new star-running back in LeSean McCoy and a team also trying to take the next step back towards relevancy. Coming off a 9-7 record in 2014, good enough for second in the division, the Buffalo Bills made major improvements on offense to go along with an already stout defense (ranked 4th overall in 2014). The Dolphins and Bills split the series last year so both will be seeking revenge in a game that could prove significant come year’s end.
October 25, 1:00 PM EST
JJ Watt. JJ Watt. JJ Watt. The 2014 defensive-MVP is not only a force of nature, but a true spectacle to witness in real life. For a team like the Dolphins looking to take a step forward in the AFC this year, a win vs. the Texas would go a long way. Oh, and did we mention JJ Watt?
November 22, 1:00 PM EST
Like it or not, any time the Dallas Cowboys are involved, the national attention will follow. The Cowboys, coming off of an unexpected 12-4 season are the NFC East favorites and have Super Bowl aspirations. The “best offensive line in football” will be a great test for the Dolphins defensive front. With Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten leading the way, the stage will be set for late season showdown.
December 27, 1:00 PM EST
In what could have huge playoff implications, Andrew Luck and the reloaded Indianapolis Colts’ offense will take the field in what should be a great matchup. After losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship last year, the Colts have Super Bowl aspirations. Add in Frank Gore and Andre Johnson and they certainly look like a lock for a 2015 playoff spot.
New England Patriots
January 3, 1:00 PM EST
The 2014 NFL Champions will arrive at Sun Life Stadium in the very last week of the regular season. With Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the season, the Pats could very well still be in a tight battle for a playoff spot and the AFC East crown. The Miami Dolphins will be hoping to do their part to detour that and realize their own playoff aspirations. Tom Brady is getting up there in age and the chances to see him play in real life are dwindling, don’t miss your chance!
The schedule starts off relatively soft with matchups at Washington and at Jacksonville but down the stretch the Dolphins will really have to earn it. Can they? Luckily, we’re about to find out.