Miami Dolphins get prime-time treatment in 2023

The Miami Dolphins will have a major national — and even international — spotlight on them during the 2023 season.

The Dolphins will take part in the NFL’s first Black Friday game, at the New York Jets, and visit Frankfurt, Germany earlier in November for their tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs. On top of that, Miami has three more national standalone games for a season filled with aspirations of serious playoff contention and possible Super Bowl hopes.

The Dolphins visit the New England Patriots in Week 2 on Sept. 17 and get the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 7, Oct. 22, for a pair of prime-time “Sunday Night Football” games. They also host the Tennessee Titans on “Monday Night Football” for quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s return to South Florida. And the Dallas Cowboys’ first visit to Miami Gardens in eight years will be on Christmas Eve.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Dolphins’ 2023 regular-season schedule (games on Sunday unless noted):

Week 1: at Los Angeles Chargers, Sept. 10, 4:25 p.m., CBS

For the first time since 2019, the Dolphins start with an opponent not named the Patriots. And another return to SoFi Stadium after last year’s tough “Sunday Night Football” loss at the Chargers when their defense gave quarterback Tua Tagovailoa fits. He’ll once again get a crack at Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert, who was drafted right behind him in 2020 and got his big contract extension ahead of this season, after the two split their first two meetings. Elite cornerback Jalen Ramsey may be missed as he’s out until December recovering from surgery on the meniscus in his left knee. The Dolphins are slated to visit L.A. for a third consecutive season in 2024 but visiting the Rams for that one.

Week 2: at New England Patriots, Sept. 17, 8:20 p.m., NBC

It doesn’t take long for Miami to see the Patriots. The AFC East figured to have a number of prime-time games, and the Dolphins’ opener in the division gets the “Sunday Night Football” treatment. It comes a week after New England honors Tom Brady in its home opener and follows the Jets-Bills Monday night game in Week 1 on Sept. 11.

Week 3: vs. Denver Broncos, Sept. 24, 1 p.m., CBS

New Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio gets his first shot at the team he was head coach for from 2019 through 2021. Denver star cornerback Patrick Surtain II makes his first professional homecoming in the same stadium his father by the same name once called home. The elder Surtain, however, won’t be on the Miami sideline. He had an assistant coaching role with the Dolphins last year but left for a job with the Florida State Seminoles in the offseason.

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills, Oct. 1, 1 p.m., CBS

The Dolphins avoid some potential cold weather in the division — and, in this case, snowballs — with trips to Foxborough and Orchard Park within the first four weeks of the season. Miami returns to the site of its playoff elimination last postseason.

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