The Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be playing this week due to Hurricane Irma making landfall.
Unlike the Yankees/Rays series, which will be relocated to Met’s Citi Field this coming week, the NFL decided to postpone this game because of safety issues. Though both teams were given an option to play in a neutral site, they declined, wanting to stay with their families during the hurricane.
There has been talk of the game being switched to Sunday, November 19th, but I think that’s a bad idea. Jay Culter expressed his concern’s saying “It’s not an ideal situation to not have a bye. Our guys need that bye week to get healthy and push through the second half of the season.” I couldn’t agree more with Cutler; these teams shouldn’t have to make up a game they are missing due to circumstances beyond their control. They should have that bye to get healthy. It’s not fair to force them to play 16 weeks nonstop because of a hurricane when the rest of the teams do not face the same situation.
The next Miami Dolphins game is September 17th against the Los Angeles Chargers.