The opponents for the new football season

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Thursday the Patriots vs Dolphins Live NFL Football game in Week 1 (Sunday, Sept. 13) at Gillette Stadium. The full 2020 regular season schedule for all 32 teams will be revealed Thursday night on NFL Network. The Dolphins and Patriots last met in Foxboro in Week 17 of last season, when Miami upset New England and prevented the defending Super Bowl champs from earning a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Miami is a popular pick to be among the most improved teams in the 2020 campaign after a busy offseason that saw the Dolphins spend huge in free agency and make three picks in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. One of those draft picks was Alabama's star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who Miami selected at No. 5 overall in Round 1. We don't know if Tagovailoa or veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Dolphins in Week 1, but it would be cool if the former Crimson Tide star made his pro debut versus the Patriots.The New York Post reported Thursday the Patriots will play the New York Jets on "Monday Night Football" on Nov. 9. USA TODAY's Bills Wire also reported Thursday the Patriots will take on the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field a week earlier on Nov. 1.

The AFC East race should be more competitive next season with Tom Brady leaving the Patriots in free agency, but oddsmakers are still confident in New England's chances of winning the division.The opponents for the new football season were known at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Today, we learn the order in which the 16-game slate will play out for Year 2 of Brian Flores' Dolphins tenure.

Every year, for each team, the schedule comes with built-in advantages and disadvantages. Short weeks, extended road trips and cold weather games serve as the latter while the September Miami heat, lengthy homestands and playing opponents on a quick turnaround can benefit the Dolphins. Still, accurately previewing any individual game must be reserved for the week of the contest. Injury reports, unexpected developments, weather and more add up to a long list of variables that can impact a given matchup.

Here, we'll detail the key facts for each of Miami's 16 games and what makes each showdown uniquely intriguing.This game put the finishing touches on the Dolphins' strong finish in 2019. The Dolphins recorded their first victory at Gillette Stadium since 2008 when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki with 29 seconds. The Dolphins also got touchdowns on an interception return by former New England defensive back Eric Rowe and a 2-yard scramble by Fitzpatrick. Wide receiver DeVante Parker also had a big game, catching eight passes for 137 yards while being covered by eventual NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.

Season in Review: The Patriots started the season 8-0 thanks to a defense that began drawing comparisons with some of the all-time best, but there were underlying issues with the offense all along. New England was only 4-4 in the second half of the season, with losses against Baltimore, Houston and Kansas City preceding the one against the Dolphins. That loss dropped New England to the No. 3 seed and the offense stalled again in a 20-13 playoff loss against Tennessee.

New England retained prized guard Joe Thuney on a franchise tag and extended the ever-dependable Devin McCourty at safety, but a lot of old faces are in new places. Three of those departures arrived in Miami as LB Kyle Van Noy, LB Elandon Roberts, and C Ted Karras meet their former team for the first time.Beginning the season with a second-straight divisional game, Miami looks to turn its recent fortunes against rival Buffalo. The Bills swept the season series in 2019 with wins in five of the last six versus the Dolphins.

Miami focused its offseason approach on the offensive line with two free agent additions and three draft picks. The added beef up front could combat a second-ranked Bills defense that sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick nine times with 43 total quarterback pressures in two games last season. The Dolphins are 35-20-1 all-time at home against the Bills but the two have split the last six meetings at Hard Rock Stadium with three wins a piece.