There are a lot things that could benefit Miami this year with how their schedule worked out.
Week 1 Sun., Sept. 7; New England Patriots; 1 p.m.; CBS– Early season games at home, in the heat, are a good thing.
Week 2 Sun., Sept. 14; At Buffalo Bills; 1 p.m.; CBS– Avoiding a cold weather game with Buffalo is a plus.
Week 3 Sun., Sept. 21; Kansas City Chiefs; 4:25; CBS– Early, hot game.
Week 4 Sun., Sept. 28; At Oakland Raiders*; 1 p.m.; CBS– Road game that becomes neutral site game.
Week 5 Sun., Oct. 5; Off week– Hate early bye weeks.
Week 6 Sun., Oct. 12; Green Bay Packers; 1 p.m.; Fox- Early, warm home game.
Week 7 Sun., Oct. 19; At Chicago Bears; 1 p.m.; CBS- Better in mid-October than mid-November or December.
Week 8 Sun., Oct. 26; At Jacksonville Jaguars; 1 p.m.; CBS- Nothing gained, nothing lost.
Week 9 Sun., Nov. 2; San Diego Chargers; 1 p.m.; CBS- Early start time against a West Coast team.
Week 10 Sun., Nov. 9; At Detroit Lions; 1 p.m.; CBS- Nothing lost or gained.
Week 11 Thu., Nov. 13; Buffalo Bills; 8:25 p.m.; NFL Network- If you’re going to play at night on a short week, do it at home.
Week 12 Sun., Nov. 23; At Denver Broncos; 4:25 p.m.; CBS- Tough no matter when you play it, but nice to have extra 3 days to prep for Peyton Manning.
Week 13 Mon., Dec. 1; At New York Jets; 8:30 p.m.; ESPN- Will be tough night game on the road in colder weather.
Week 14 Sun., Dec. 7; Baltimore Ravens; 1 p.m.; CBS- Short week, but at least they don’t travel.
Week 15 Sun., Dec. 14; At New England Patriots; 1 p.m.; CBS- Tough, very tough.
Week 16 Sun., Dec. 21; Minnesota Vikings; 1 p.m.; Fox– Closing out the season with a couple of home games is a plus.
Week 17 Sun., Dec. 28; New York Jets; 1 p.m.; CBS– And closing out at home is nice too.
– No three game road trips.
– Only 3 potential cold weather games.
– Only travel West once. Traveling to London stinks, but Oakland has to go even further to get there.
– Toughest stretch: November 23-December 14 (@Denver, @NYJ, Baltimore, @New England)