The Miami Dolphins will open up the preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aug. 9-13. The two teams will face off in the preseason for the first time since 2015.
Prior to the two-year hiatus, the Dolphins and the Buccaneers played one another in the preseason each year from 2000-2015.
The Dolphins will hit the road Aug. 16-20 where they’ll do battle with a lesser-known competitor in the Carolina Panthers. Despite playing the Panthers in just five preseason games, Miami is 2-3 all-time against Carolina in the preseason. Miami also suffered a 45-21 loss to the Panthers in Week 10 of the 2017 regular season.
Miami will play its third preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium Aug. 23-26 against the Baltimore Ravens who Miami had never played in the preseason prior to 2017. The Ravens throttled Miami at home 31-7 in their last preseason meeting and again in Week 7 of the 2017 regular season at M&T Bank Stadium by a score of 40-0.
Miami’s preseason will come to a close Aug. 30-31when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in Week 4. The Dolphins have an opportunity to pull even with the Falcons, as they are currently 7-8 against Atlanta in the preseason.
Starters typically rest in the final game of the preseason and the match-up will likely be decided by perennial back-ups. The Dolphins prevailed over the Falcons in Atlanta 20-17 in Week 6 of the 2017 season.
After claiming wins against the Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings and falling to the Ravens and Eagles, Miami finished just 2-2 during the 2017 preseason. With an established back-up at quarterback and more depth at the skill positions, Miami has the requisite talent to improve upon last year’s preseason record.