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Schedule: Six road games vs playoff teams

The NFL will continue to show off it's ability to turn a non-event into a much-anticipated and chronicled celebration tonight when it releases its 2010 regular-season schedule. If the idea of finding out when the Dolphins play doesn't excite you on NFL Network, you can switch to ESPN because it also will telecast a program about the schedule release.

By the way, Major League Baseball, the NHL and NBA also release their schedules months before the games are played. Does anyone notice? Ah, NFL dominance is in the air this morning.

Anyway, The Miami Herald will share in today's public relations conspiracy by publishing the Dolphins' schedule on its website as soon as one of our reporters can type it up, analyze it, and get the web folks to post it. (I'll be doing other things tonight.)

But since we already know Miami's opponents, I figured this would be a good time to look at how the competition is looking so far and how the Dolphins currently stack up:

The Dolphins are scheduled to travel a total of 21,570 miles to their road games in 2010. The Dolphins, an AFC East team, will play its 10 non-division games at Baltimore, at Cincinnati, at Green Bay, at Minnesota, at Oakland, and host Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, and Tennessee.

Away games against playoff teams Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, and Minnesota to go with road games against divisional opponents and playoff teams New York and New England do not exactly make for easy road trips. Miami plays eight road games and six will be against 2009 playoff teams. Miami's only road games that don't offer a playoff-caliber team is at Oakland and at Buffalo.

The home games against Pittsburgh and Tennessee are rematches of 2009 losses that cost the Dolphins a playoff berth because of a late-season three-game losing streak.

Obviously the games against Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo seemingly offer Miami a small respite as all three finished last in their divisions last year and are not expected to be playoff-caliber in 2010. Of course, the Bills laid the wood to the Dolphins in Buffalo last year anyway, so they are dangerous.

Depending on the schedule, the Dolphins might miss a few star players from other teams. New York's Santonio Holmes will miss the first four games of the regular season while serving an NFL imposed suspension for testing positive for drugs. The league is also soon expected to soon announce a suspension for Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for violation of the league conduct policy.

The Minnesota game is interesting because the Vikings promise to be better with Brett Favre than without him. But even if Favre answers the bell on his 20th season, which I predict he'll do, I would surmise Miami has a better chance against the Vikings early in the season than late. Simply, at age 41, Favre might be easier to beat than at age 40. After October he might be more beat up, he might be less healthy in some way.

Recall that in 2008, the Dolphins were 1-1 versus Favre. They lost to him in the regular-season opener and beat him in the regular-season finale.

Speaking of openers, the Dolphins must somehow address the increasingly troubling habit of starting slow. Last year the Dolphins were 0-3 out of the gate. In 2008, they were 0-2 out of the gate. In 2007 they were 0-13 out of the gate.

Wouldn't it be great for Miami to be at the front of the pack when the gun sounds in 2010? I would hope the coaching staff will make this a focus in training camp and the preseason -- perhaps by having starters play more snaps in some games, including the preseason-finale.

Any way you look at it, the Dolphins need to get off to a fast start in 2010.

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NJ fish food listen here punk.
You are wrong most of the times as you are correct. So what. It is silly that this gets to you. You dont even know me, heck I could be somebody all together different than who you think I am. Remember you always thinking everyone is cuban menace. You blamed carlito before he gave into your silliness. Grow up fool. Ten years from now, nobody will give 2 cents about you. Gym my@zzzzz

Your forgetting R. Williams. I doubt that R. Brown is going to get traded...but if he does, there's plenty of good backs in the draft.

nj is really annoying .

jimfin you hit it right on.

NJ what you got against homeschooled kids?
You are living off your parent's money. Then claim you are a hit. Joke that's it.

NJ PHIN FAN... you know nothing, nada..not a damn thing! then you get on here, like if this blog is your shyt and calling people BUFFOONS when you are the one talking out your ass... stick to the DUMB bells you clown

IM HERE....Using multiple blog names again
Im a P U S S Y AND A BIG PIECE OF SHYT
I believe our Government is out to kill us
I believe natural disasters are Govt controlled
whohoo IM A LOONEY WHACKO
IM A NOBODY, I KNOW NOTHING
IM A COCKAROACH AFRAID TO COME INTO THE LIGHT
IM NUTZ

seer , that was not me. click the blue nme and see that typepad accounts , how many times do i have to tell you ??

DCF should take my kid away,
i had to take him out of regular school
cause the other kids were beating him up
i want to fill his mind with looney govt conspiracies so he can grow up a Ted Kasinski like loner who kills people
feel sorry for my child, he will be a loser like me

Wow , obsessed stalker, you're so jealous it's funny but sad and pathetic at the same time. I really annoy you. You must dream about me and obsess about me all day . LMFAO !!

okay....but it's new to me 'cause i ain't been around much lately, altho now that you mention it i recall seeing stuff over your "blue" name recently that was totally out of character.

i did not realize you could be name-stolen even in blue!

in fact, ive alerted the authorities to this blog and everything i say, i shouldnt be allowed to be a father who home schools, they should take my child and pray they can fix him..Please listen to my cry for help, my own government is trying to kill...grt out the alunimum hats!!!!!

JT's coming back? If those reports are true that is interesting.

I think he has some game left (yes, even if his age matches his number) if used properly and NOT over used at the wrong position like last year. JT has to know his place on the team as well and resist any urge to beat his chest and say he's the man like Porter did.

This is all just me pondering but, I wonder if??...

I wonder if the Costa Rica trip was courtesy of the Fins? I found it quite odd timing to be wisking his family off for a vacation right after the Jets courtship. Maybe the Jets gave their version of a full court press with college recruiting tactics:

Helicopter ride
Seeing the New Jets stadium w/ his highlights playing on the jumbotron.
Nice dinner
Hard sell by Rex: "I'll get you 12 QB sacks"

Then the Fins simply said "Hey we will send you and your family to beautiful Costa Rica to chill and have a great time and think things through." No ugly stadiums to look at. ;)

If the signing ends up going through it will further demonstrate his bond with South Florida... JT loves it and hewants to be close to his family. He realized that in Washington after he signed.

If he comes back I will cheer him on with Dansby, Wake, Crowder and Brandon Graham!

Yeah, that's my ESPN highlight!

Cheers,

I have to agree with bud...ronnie and marshall will be a unique combination...plus throw in ricky and u have somethin defensive coordinators have nightmares about...sure ronnie has had durability issues but its not like its under his control...we all saw how his foot got caught in that awkward position...my foot would have broken as well...we all kno wat he is capable of when healthy...he can jus wear d-fenses down and smile while he does it...hopefully ricky takes him under his wing and shows him his secrets to staying healthy and nvr gettin hurt lol

JC. i have nothing against home school kids. They had to take his son out of school because all the kids were making fun at him about his nutjob father who a crazy conspiracy theorist who believes the govt is spraying us with chemtrails everyday .

HomeSuperBowl2010....Im YOUR STALKER...Im going to haunt you from blog to blog...Sun-Sentinel to The Herald till your pathetic shyt is squashed like a roach...Your a looneytune who spews anti-government filth and fairy tales and use multiple names...you really shouldnt be allowed to be around children with your looney conspiracy theories...you are Jim Jones waiting for that spaceship....

NJ IS BACK WITH HIS CRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.

HE'S NO 1 REASON PEOPLE TAKE A FLIGHT WHEN HE SHOWS UP .

seer , nom problem. just click my name ahead of time. do you see the other guy making fun of this idiot ?? Dolphin blogs all over know about this whacko. He's universally hated everywhere.

Hey NJ Phins Fan,

Keep your comments to football, nobody gives a crap about your worthless comments. The drafts is days away and you are talk about "home schooling"?? Take off your skirt pansy and man up and talk Phins Football.

RUN RICKY RUN!!!

Well, Friggin Ross got his wish. Goodell allowed us to give away our home field advantage early in the season, and rewarded our generous gift to the rest of the league, by sending us to NY in December, for a late game, and NE on the last week of the season. Good going, Ross. Hey, why don't you suggest that the Dolphins will volunteer to take roughing calls every time we sack Brady? Maybe we could take an interference call every time there's an incomplete pass? It happens anyway, but why don't we just make that our gift to the league too.

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