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Schedule Change Could Benefit Dolphins
By on April 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

It only took two days for the NFL to make a quick change to its 2012 schedule.

To accommodate fans celebrating Rosh Hashana, the NFL announced it would move up the Dolphins’ home opener against the Raiders to 1 p.m. It was originally scheduled to kickoff at 4:15 p.m.

There had been a shift to later September starts the past few years so fans could avoid the heat, but the Dolphins will now play both September home games at 1 p.m. Since the team moved to Sun Life Stadium in 1987, Miami has been tough to beat in 1 p.m. September home games, posting an impressive 18-5 record.

Former Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton remembers one game in particular–a 21-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998–where he knew the South Florida heat gave the team an advantage.

“It was hot and humid that day,” Drayton said. “I looked down at the other end of the field, and Jerome Bettis was down there sucking wind in warmups. He was spraying water over his head, and I said, ‘This game is won.’”

Of course, this advantage can be flipped when the season bleeds into November and December. For every scorching early-season game the Dolphins host, there’s sure to be a game at the end of the schedule when they have to stave off cold conditions. There are ways you can fight extreme temperatures on both ends of the spectrum, but Drayton thinks it’s tougher to beat the heat.

“You can always prepare for the cold. You can always put on more clothing,” Drayton said. “You can’t take off any more clothing than you already have on, so it definitely plays to the Miami Dolphins’ advantage.”


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Robert says:

I dont ever fall into the hype either way. When you start saying Temp. can make The NFL pro players, (who are trained to be in the best possible shape they can be) will play better or worse do to weather? I dont buy it. If it were true? Miami should also have the advantage playing in a dome or in the cold? Heat would be the hardest thing to handle! But at the end of the day, we are all human and when the game starts….BOTH teams play in the same elements! Thats why we love football. Any disadvantage is just that for both teams. So I have always felt thinking because this is our home turf, does not mean our guys are some inhuman machines that love the heat! Thats scienc’tficly(new word, lol) CRAZY! Nobody wants this heat!, but we have it. Our players advantage is that they have to handle it, or you dont play. We beat cold weather teams 80 of 100% in history, because we have to have better atheletes. Take a poll and ask every player if they “we cant play as well in Hot weather” They will laugh at you and say ” I can play football in any weather” Our division are all cold weather teams? They love the heat as much as we love the cold. The game plans, the X’s and O’s, the execution has nothing to do with the weather. Any team that thinks that is doomed. Week one 2011 tom Brady used the heat to wear us down….We could have done that? We didnt? Its all even at game time.