Miami Dolphins announce 2018 preseason schedule

The Miami Dolphins will open up the preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aug. 9-13. The two teams will face off in the preseason for the first time since 2015.

Prior to the two-year hiatus, the Dolphins and the Buccaneers played one another in the preseason each year from 2000-2015.

The Dolphins will hit the road Aug. 16-20 where they’ll do battle with a lesser-known competitor in the Carolina Panthers. Despite playing the Panthers in just five preseason games, Miami is 2-3 all-time against Carolina in the preseason. Miami also suffered a 45-21 loss to the Panthers in Week 10 of the 2017 regular season.

Miami will play its third preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium Aug. 23-26 against the Baltimore Ravens who Miami had never played in the preseason prior to 2017. The Ravens throttled Miami at home 31-7 in their last preseason meeting and again in Week 7 of the 2017 regular season at M&T Bank Stadium by a score of 40-0.

Miami’s preseason will come to a close Aug. 30-31when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in Week 4. The Dolphins have an opportunity to pull even with the Falcons, as they are currently 7-8 against Atlanta in the preseason.

Starters typically rest in the final game of the preseason and the match-up will likely be decided by perennial back-ups. The Dolphins prevailed over the Falcons in Atlanta 20-17 in Week 6 of the 2017 season.

After claiming wins against the Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings and falling to the Ravens and Eagles, Miami finished just 2-2 during the 2017 preseason. With an established back-up at quarterback and more depth at the skill positions, Miami has the requisite talent to improve upon last year’s preseason record.


Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.