The Miami Dolphins entered the 2020 offseason with more questions than answers. The Dolphins under Brian Flores have accomplished great things and have many fans feeling great about what is to come. The Phins opened the 2020 period with the most open roster and had more cap space than any team in the NFL. Miami also was headed into the 2020 NFL Draft with 14 picks, including three in the opening round.
The Dolphins used all that capital to transform their roster, concentrating massively on defense in free agency. The Dolphins signed Emmanuel Ogbah, Kyle Van Noy, Byron Jones, and Shaq Lawson to contracts equating to a sum of $178.5 million. Miami still, has enough money available to land a couple more key pieces.
With the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, selected Tua Tagovailoa to start what several analysts are saying the Dolphins best selection in years. The Dolphins have positioned themselves for success in 2020; It seems improbable that they will commence the 2020 season 0-7 again. As Miami looks to take the next step ahead in their rebuilding plan, the Dolphins will play the upcoming schedule for 2020.
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2020 Dolphins schedule
- Week 1, September 13th: at The Patriots, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 2, September 20th: vs. Bills, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 3, September 24th: at The Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (On NFL Network, Thursday Night Football)
- Week 4, October 4th: vs. Seahawks, 1 p.m. (On FOX)
- Week 5, October 11th: at The 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (On FOX)
- Week 6, October 18th: at The Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 7, October 25th: vs. The Chargers, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 8, November 1st: vs. Rams, 1 p.m. (On FOX)
- Week 9, No. 8: at The Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 10, November 15th: vs. Jets, 4:05 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 11, BYE
- Week 12, November 28th: at The Jets, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 13, December 6th: vs. Bengals, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 14, December 13th: vs. Chiefs, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 15, December 20th: vs. Patriots, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
- Week 16, Dec. 26 or 27: at The Raiders, TBD
- Week 17, January 3rd: at The Bills, 1 p.m. (On CBS)
The must-watch games of 2020
The Dolphins are opening the season against the New England Patriots without Tom Brady at the helm. The Patriots for a long time have been the AFC East ideal team, but without Brady, it seems to be an open division. This contest is a must-watch game; we will not only get to see the new additions to the Dolphins team but the Patriots game plan without Brady. This winner of this game will jump-start the race to win the AFC.
Additionally, the October 11th game at The San Francisco 49ers home is a must-watch contest to grasp where the Phins stand facing a team that is coming off a Superbowl loss. This game will also be intriguing due to the recent trade of Matt Breida to Miami. Additionally, the October 25th matchup facing the third QB chosen in the 2020 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Chargers has to be intriguing to Dolphins fans.
In the thick of it
Justin Herbert was projected by many analysts to be selected with the 5th pick over Tagovailoa, due to not having any injury question marks. If at this time in the season Tagovailoa is calling plays under center, this will be a coming-out party for Tagovailoa to reveal to the world and critics why he was the most suitable choice by the Dolphins.
Next in December, when the Cincinnati Bengals fly down to Miami, to face the Dolphins with the number one pick of the 2020 NFL draft, Joe Burrow at QB might prove to be one of the most prominent anticipated games in recent history. If Tagovailoa is under center, the matchup will include the top two QB selections of the NFL 2020 draft. This game could help propel either QB to stardom.
We could have some fun QB matchups this season 👀 pic.twitter.com/SL4tJGrdq2
— ESPN (@espn) May 8, 2020
Ultimately the last game against the Buffalo Bills in January will help determine the new king of the AFC East. The Bills are labeled by many as the top team of the AFC East. This game might help either franchise ascertain themselves to the top of the AFC or give either team wildcard birth. As if 2020 was not unusual already given the Covid-19 outbreak, Miami will play the New York Jets on a back to back with a bye week in between. The Jets games used to have some appeal, but given that both teams haven’t been very good it has lost some of its flares.
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— The Phinsider (@thephinsider) May 8, 2020
The hard stretch of the season
The hardest games for the Dolphins will be in Weeks 4-9: vs. The Seattle Seahawks, at 49ers, at The Denver Broncos, vs. Chargers, vs. Los Angeles Rams, and at the Arizona Cardinals. With a series of tough games and a young team, this could be a difficult stretch. The Flores coached team will have three battles on the west coast, and with four of the most robust defenses in the NFL. These games will help fans, and the Dolphins organization knows if the team is ready to make a statement for years to come.