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Dolphins open 2020 season at Tom Brady-less Patriots, host Chiefs in December

2020 schedule features consecutive AFC East opponents in first 2 weeks
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki catches winning TD pass against New England Patriots, Dec. 29, 2019
Posted at 8:01 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 00:14:43-04

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins will open the 2020 season against the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots and host the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in December.

Miami and the rest of the NFL on Thursday night unveiled their 2020 schedule, which was delayed nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dolphins will face the Buffalo Bills in their home opener Sept. 20 and host the Cincinnati Bengals and No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow on the first weekend in December.

Miami will play consecutive AFC East Division opponents to begin the season and play four of its first six games on the road.

The team also announced its preseason schedule, which kicks off Aug. 13-17 at the Atlanta Falcons and concludes Sept. 3-4 at the New Orleans Saints. Sandwiched between those trips are a pair of games at Hard Rock Stadium, beginning with the Philadelphia Eagles (Aug. 20-24) and the Detroit Lions (Aug. 27-30).

2020 Miami Dolphins Schedule

Sept. 13at New England PatriotsGillette Stadium
Sept. 20Buffalo BillsHard Rock Stadium
Sept. 24at Jacksonville JaguarsTIAA Bank Field
Oct. 4Seattle SeahawksHard Rock Stadium
Oct. 11at San Francisco 49ersLevi's Stadium
Oct. 18at Denver BroncosEmpower Field at Mile High
Oct. 25Los Angeles ChargersHard Rock Stadium
Nov. 1Los Angeles RamsHard Rock Stadium
Nov. 8at Arizona CardinalsUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Nov. 15New York JetsHard Rock Stadium
Nov. 22bye----
Nov. 29at New York JetsMetLife Stadium
Dec. 6Cincinnati BengalsHard Rock Stadium
Dec. 13Kansas City ChiefsHard Rock Stadium
Dec. 20New England PatriotsHard Rock Stadium
Dec. 26-27 (TBD)at Las Vegas RaidersAllegiant Stadium
Jan. 3at Buffalo BillsNew Era Field

at New England Patriots (Sept. 13)
Miami will open the 2020 season in the same place where the 2019 season ended. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 27-24 last December, winning in New England for the first time since 2008. Can second-year head coach Brian Flores, a longtime Patriots assistant under Bill Belichick, improve to 2-0 on the road against his former boss?

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick evades Ja'Whaun Bentley in December 2019
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick runs past New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley on the way to a touchdown in the second half of their game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.

Buffalo Bills (Sept. 20)
The Bills were the only AFC East Division team to sweep Miami last season and have won five out of six against the Dolphins since 2017. Miami opens with back-to-back divisional opponents for the first time since 2014.

at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sept. 24)
Miami's lone prime-time game is on a Thursday night just a few hours north along Interstate 95. The Dolphins have lost each of their last two meetings against the Jaguars, including a 23-20 stunner on their last trip to Jacksonville in 2015.

Jacksonville Jaguars line up against Miami Dolphins in 2015
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles stands under center at the line of scrimmage during the first half of a game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Seattle Seahawks (Oct. 4)
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will try to leave South Florida victorious for the first time since 1996. Wilson hasn't played at Hard Rock Stadium since his rookie season in 2012.

at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 11)
This will be Miami's first-ever visit to Levi's Stadium. The 49ers, who went to the Super Bowl last season, dealt running back Matt Breida to Miami in a draft-day trade last month. Breida was the 49ers' second-leading rusher in 2019, but he was made expendable with the emergence of Raheem Mostert, who briefly played for the Dolphins before finding a home in San Francisco.

at Denver Broncos (Oct. 18)
The Dolphins will visit the Mile High City for the first time since 2014. Directing the offense for both teams back then were former first-round quarterbacks Peyton Manning (now retired) and Ryan Tannehill (who was cast away by Miami and led the Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship game last season). This year's first-round picks have something in common -- Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5 overall) and Denver wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (15th overall) were teammates together at Alabama.

Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 25)
Miami lost to the Chargers at home last season for the first time since 1982. But that was with quarterback Phillip Rivers, who has since been released. By the time this game rolls around, it could be Tagovailoa vs. Justin Herbert, whom the Chargers selected with the very next pick in this year's draft.

Phillip Rivers passes vs. Miami Dolphins 2019
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks to pass, during the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Los Angeles Rams (Nov. 1)
For the second week in a row, Miami hosts a team from Los Angeles. This time it's the Rams and quarterback Jared Goff, who made his first career start against the Dolphins in 2016. The Rams are 5-1 all-time at Miami. The lone win was in 1976, when the Dolphins still played at the defunct Orange Bowl.

at Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 8)
Ex-Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen returns to Arizona, where he went from top-10 draft pick in 2018 to splitting time with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Dolphins' starter last season. Rosen ended the 2019 season on the bench. With the addition of Tagovailoa, are Rosen's days in Miami numbered?

New York Jets (Nov. 15)
Adam Gase is still in search of his first win at Hard Rock Stadium since being fired after the 2018 season. His first season in New York got off to a 1-7 start, but the Jets went 6-2 the rest of the way, building some momentum heading into 2020. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is 1-3 in his career against the Dolphins.

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during game against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in 2019
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks over the play sheet against the Miami Dolphins during a game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins won 26-18.

at New York Jets (Nov. 29)
Miami must face the Jets in consecutive games sandwiched around a bye week. Gase was 23-26 in three seasons as head coach of the Dolphins, including a playoff appearance. The Dolphins lost by a point at MetLife Stadium last season, improving Gase to 1-1 against his former team.

Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 6)
The Dolphins beat the Bengals 38-35 last season, positioning Cincinnati to select former LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in last month's draft. In the end, there was no need to "tank for Tua" as both teams got their guy. Was it worth it? This game might be a glimpse into the future.

Cincinnati Bengals safety Williams Jackson pushes Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki in 2019
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson pushes Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki as Gesicki scores a touchdown during the first half of their game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Kansas City Chiefs (Dec. 13)
The Chiefs return to the stadium where they won Super Bowl LIV. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was Super Bowl MVP, surpassed ex-Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino's record for touchdown passes in his first two seasons as a starter. Miami has defeated the defending champions in three of the last five years.

New England Patriots (Dec. 20)
This will be the first time since 2008 that someone other than Tom Brady lines up at quarterback for the Patriots in South Florida. Brady won six Super Bowls in 20 seasons with the Patriots, but he was just 8-10 at Hard Rock Stadium. He made amends for the "Miami Miracle" in 2018, blanking the Dolphins 43-0 last September.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady sacked by Miami Dolphins, December 2019
Miami Dolphins defensive end Trent Harris sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second half of their game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.

at Las Vegas Raiders (Dec. 26-27)
Miami will commemorate the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas with a trip to the desert. Jon Gruden and the Raiders spent the last three years in Oakland, but now they have a shiny new stadium and sexy city to show off.

at Buffalo Bills (Jan. 3)
Bills quarterback Josh Allen always seems to play his best against Miami. The 2018 first-round draft pick tied a career high with three touchdown passes and ran for another score the last time the Dolphins played Buffalo. Miami hasn't beaten the Bills in Orchard Park since 2016.

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen scrambles against Miami Dolphins, Nov. 17, 2019
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambles during the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins were initially scheduled to host a game in London this season, but the NFL canceled all international games amid the pandemic.

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