Dolphins Schedule Spotlight: Thursday Night at Home

Six of the Miami Dolphins' previous Thursday night games had been played away from Hard Rock Stadium
The Dolphins defeated Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a Thursday night game in 2021.
The Dolphins defeated Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a Thursday night game in 2021. / BILL INGRAM /THE PALM BEACH POST / USA

The Miami Dolphins will be back on Thursday Night Football in 2024 after a one-year absence, but with a nice change this time.

The Dolphins will be getting that game at home, in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills in an early AFC East showdown.

If that sounds like no big deal, consider that six of the Dolphins' last seven Thursday night game were played on the road, the one exception being a 2021 matchup against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens that the Dolphins won 22-10.


While some Dolphins fans bemoaned the fact the Dolphins' September home game against Buffalo being placed in prime time negated some of the weather-related advantage Miami otherwise would have enjoyed, there is clearly a benefit to getting them at home on the short week.

Not counting the Week 1 game between Detroit and Kansas City because this didn't involve a short week, the home team went 11-5 in Thursday night games last season, though that record was 7-9 the year before.

Here's the stat from last season that bodes particularly well for the Dolphins, though.

There were five Thursday night matchups last season between two teams that made the playoffs in 2022, and in every instance the home team won. A perfect 5-0 record.

Those included the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Minnesota Vikings, the San Francisco 49ers over the New York Giants, the Bills over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Ravens over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Dallas Cowboys over the Seattle Seahawks.

That's something to keep in mind when the two 2023 playoff teams match up at Hard Rock Stadium on the night of Thursday, Sept. 12.


The Dolphins have an 8-9 overall record in Thursday night games, but it includes an impressive 6-2 mark at home.

Miami has won its last three Thursday night home games, starting with the 2013 Halloween game against the Bengals that became known as the "Wake-Off" for Cameron Wake winning the game in overtime for the Dolphins with a sack of Andy Dalton for a safety.

The last Miami loss in a Thursday night home game came in 2010 when the Dolphins had to start third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen because of injuries to Chad Pennington and Chad Henne and were shut out by the Chicago Bears, 16-0.

Here's the full rundown of Dolphins Thursday night home games:

2021  BALTIMORE       W 22-10

2014  BUFFALO            W 22-9

2013  CINCINNATI       W 22-20 (OT)

2010  CHICAGO             L 0-16

1990  NEW ENGLAND W 17-10

1981  PITTSBURGH     W 30-10

1980  SAN DIEGO         L 24-27 (OT)

1979  NEW ENGLAND W 39-24


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Alain Poupart


Alain Poupart is the publisher/editor of and co-host of the All Dolphins Podcast. Alain has covered the Miami Dolphins on a full-time basis since 1989 for various publications and media outlets, including Dolphin Digest, The Associated Press, the Dolphins team website, and the Fan Nation Network (part of Sports Illustrated). In addition to being a credentialed member of the Miami Dolphins press corps, Alain has covered three Super Bowls (for, Football News and the Montreal Gazette), the annual NFL draft, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL Scouting Combine. During his almost 40 years in journalism, which began at the now-defunct Miami News, Alain has covered practically every sport at one time or another, from tennis to golf, baseball, basketball and everything in between. The career also included time as a copy editor, including work on several books such as "Still Perfect," an inside look at the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season. A native of Montreal, Canada, whose first language is French, Alain grew up a huge hockey fan but soon developed a love for all sports, including NFL football. He has lived in South Florida since the 1980s.