Dolphins schedule 2024: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

The Dolphins have enjoyed success during Mike McDaniel’s first two seasons in charge. Miami’s offense has been one of the NFL’s best and was on pace to match the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” at times during the 2023 season.

There’s just one thing that McDaniel hasn’t done in Miami yet. Despite posting a 20-14 regular-season record, the Dolphins are 0-2 in their two playoff games.

McDaniel will look to change that in 2024, and he will rely on his offense to do it.

Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and new addition Odell Beckham Jr. will be tasked with operating an explosive passing game while Raheem Mostert, De’Von Achane, and Jaylen Wright chip in as shifty, explosive running backs. Miami’s defense remains a question mark after Vic Fangio’s departure, but new defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is well-respected. That should allow him to find success as the Dolphins look to establish themselves as a true AFC contender.

That won’t be easy. They don’t exactly have an easy schedule, and their plethora of difficult matchups could drop them from the ranks of a double-digit wild-card team to hovering around .500.

Here is a complete breakdown of the Dolphins’ 2024 schedule, including dates, start times, and analysis for their slate of games.

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Miami Dolphins schedule 2024

The Dolphins’ full schedule will be announced Thursday, May 9 as part of the NFL’s schedule release. Their opponents for the 2024 NFL season will be as follows:

  • Home: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals, 49ers, Raiders
  • Away: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Colts, Texans, Rams, Seahawks, Browns, Packers

The Dolphins are playing a second-place schedule after finishing with an 11-6 record last season and making the playoffs as a wild-card team. Miami will play its normal slate of six divisional games and will also face every team from the AFC South and NFC West as part of its yearly rotation.

The Dolphins play seven games against teams that made the postseason last year. That includes two matchups with the Bills, who beat them twice during the 2023 NFL season. Buffalo and Miami once again figure to do battle for AFC East supremacy, though the Jets may be tougher to beat this year if Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy.

Dolphins strength of schedule

The Dolphins have the eighth-hardest strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season, per Sharp Football Analysis. This analysis is based on the projected win totals for Miami’s opponents for the upcoming season rather than their records in 2023.

Miami had the eighth-hardest strength of schedule in the NFL during the 2023 season, as well, so the Dolphins may not see too much of a drop-off this year. They haven’t improved markedly from season to season, but as long as Tua Tagovailoa and his offensive line can stay healthy, Miami should boast one of the NFL’s best and most explosive offenses.

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Dolphins prediction 2024

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Toughest tests: The Bills have been the Dolphins’ kryptonite over the past few seasons, so facing them twice won’t be easy. Miami’s road games against the Packers, Rams, and Texans also could be difficult, as all three teams sport solid offenses that can keep pace with the Dolphins’ high-powered passing attack.

The Dolphins have a more favorable home schedule, but drawing the 49ers — who Mike McDaniel’s mentor Kyle Shanahan coaches — could be a difficult matchup. The Jets should also be better in 2024 if Rodgers stays healthy, so those contests won’t be easy.

Biggest breaks: Miami drew four games against rebuilding squads in 2024. They play the Patriots twice, the Titans, and the Cardinals. Three of those four contests are at home, so the Dolphins should have a good chance to sweep those teams, barring a breakout from players like Drake Maye, Will Levis, or the supporting cast around Kyler Murray.

The Seahawks and Raiders are also facing some uncertainty with new coaches or quarterbacks, so they might be good matchups for the Dolphins. Playing in Seattle isn’t easy, though, so that’s not guaranteed to be a big break.

Bottom line: The Dolphins have made the playoffs twice under McDaniel, but will they do it a third time? That remains to be seen. Miami has the talent to make a postseason run, but the team needs its players to stay healthy to become a true contender. That hasn’t happened yet, but it could in 2024.

That said, the Dolphins are facing a tougher-looking schedule and a division that will be better in 2024 than it was last season. Miami could still get double-digit wins, but it has less margin for error as it tries to stave off competition from postseason hopefuls like the Bills and Jets.

The Dolphins may have a chance to match their 11-6 record from last season, but it seems more likely that they will fall a win or two short of that mark — unless they can finally conquer the Bills. That doesn’t seem likely to happen this year, so expect Miami to once again be in the running for a wild-card spot.

Record prediction: 10-7

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