The year was 1992 when the Miami Dolphins played 16 games straight and Hurricane Andrew forced the team to reschedule their opener against the New England Patriots on their bye week. Since that date, no other team has played 16 consecutive weeks, but history might very well repeat itself as the NFL has announced that the Dolphins-Buccaneers game won’t be played Sunday with Hurricane Irma threatening.
The matchup originally slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. was thought to be moved to Thursday or Friday, but it now appears that the only alternatives are to move the game to a neutral site this Sunday, or reschedule the game for both team’s Nov. 19 bye week.
The Dolphins could be at a distinct competitive disadvantage playing 16 consecutive weeks, and while Jarvis Landry understands he and his teammates must play the cards they’re dealt, he also recognizes the challenges associated with not having a bye week.
“It’s a long season – let’s be honest about it,” Landry said. “… The stretch after our bye week is probably one of the toughest – if you want to be real about it, one of the toughest in the NFL. …That bye week could kind of give us an opportunity to get some guys healthy.
“In the NFL – you’re going to get banged up week in and week out. So that bye week comes at an appropriate time. So for us man, to keep it there would be huge. But I know there’s unfortunate situations, and it’s out of our hands and it’s up to the NFL and the teams to decide what happens, but we could use that bye at that time.”
Quarterback Jay Cutler echoed the same sentiments: “It’d be tough; we’d make it through it obviously – we’d have to. But guys kind of need that bye week to get healthy and push through the second half of the season. … It’s not an ideal situation not to have a bye for us.”