The one who stands out is the Las Vegas Raiders, which the Dolphins will face in preparation for their first season since 1991 when the two teams met in Tokyo, Japan.
The teams will face off on Saturday, August 20 at Hard Rock Stadium at 7 p.m. ET.
But it’s not just the idea of facing the Raiders that is unusual, it’s the mileage in a pre-season game.
Here are the stats that tell you everything you need to know: It will be the first time since 2001 when the San Diego Chargers came to Miami that the Dolphins will face a pre-season opponent that is more than one time zone away.
The Raiders will be one of two pre-season games at Hard Rock for the Dolphins, which will be their only game at Raymond James Stadium against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET — although It’s entirely possible, even likely Brady won’t play in the season opener.
It will also be the final pre-season game against an unfamiliar opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.
This match will take place on Saturday, August 27th at 7 PM ET.
This would be the eleventh pre-season meeting between the Dolphins and the Eagles, but only the second since 1990. The first meeting was held in Philadelphia in 2017 in the season that ended with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.
The match against the Eagles will bring together former Alabama teammates Tua Tagovailoa and Galen Hurts.
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The Dolphins were 2-1 in pre-season 2021, losing in Chicago before winning home wins against Atlanta and in Cincinnati.
Preliminary schedule for Dolphins 2022
Saturday August 13th – in Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday August 20 – Las Vegas, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday August 27 – Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
Ahead of their first two pre-season games, the Dolphins held joint training with the Bears in Chicago and the Falcons in Miami, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them repeat again this summer.
In particular, it’s hard to imagine the Raiders being happy to fly out of Las Vegas strictly for the game, which is why it would make sense to get the combined practice before the August 20 game.
The Dolphins also conducted joint training with the Eagles prior to their 2017 preliminary game and also the last time they faced the Buccaneers, which was in the 2019 season in Tampa Bay.
Mike McDaniel, New Dolphins Technical Director, said during our one-on-one interview prior to the Scouting meeting He liked the idea of joint practices.
“It’s something I believe in,” McDaniel said. “I know we’ve done that here in the past and I don’t plan on that change. I think the guys enjoy in camp to break the monotony a little bit, but you also end up having your team clinic on different charts that are different from what you’re looking for every week. So it’s very helpful and in multiple ways, and it’s something As long as it continues in the interest of the dolphins, we will definitely do it.”