Buccaneers-Dolphins game moved to Week 11

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The Buccaneers and Dolphins will take Week One off and play each other in Miami in Week 11 instead.

The NFL decided this morning that having the two teams meet on Sunday, November 19 — when both teams initially had their bye week — was the best option. The league decided yesterday that the game would not be played Sunday in Miami because of Hurricane Irma, although it was unclear whether the game would move to another stadium or another date.

Some players will not be happy with the decision because it means they’ll have to play 16 consecutive weeks without a week off. But moving the game would have been problematic as well, as it would leave the Dolphins with just six home games this season. Miami has already given up one home game to play in London.

Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Miami this weekend. A college game between Miami and Arkansas State has been canceled.

97 responses to “Buccaneers-Dolphins game moved to Week 11

  1. Player safety #1 priority in the NFL. That is why they are going to make them play 16 straight games instead of moving the game, you know because player safety is more important than money.

  2. Should have moved the game this weekend and brought the London game back to Miami so they have another home game. Both teams have 16 straight games, way to stick it to them Roger!

  3. I’m sure the players had no say in the matter. If given a choice, they would rather play it tomorrow night or Friday night if possible. They’ve been preparing for week 1 for a few wks anyway. Opening weekend is a celebration and now they don’t get to take part in it at all. Players are primed to play and they would play tonight if they were allowed. Stupid, stupid decision NFL!

  4. dougchillin says:
    September 6, 2017 at 9:22 am
    Player safety #1 priority in the NFL. That is why they are going to make them play 16 straight games instead of moving the game, you know because player safety is more important than money.
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    There is literally zero evidence that a bye week effects player safety one way or another. This was a no win situation for the NFL but go ahead and bash them if it makes you feel better. Both teams will lighten their practice load later in the year and that’s about all they can do.

  5. So G Damn stupid. If this is not a greedy money grab what is? Come on, S. Ross risk losing all that money giving up a 2nd home game? This has nothing to do with safety, timing etc its purely all about money.

  6. This is completely unfair from a competition standpoint. However, in lieu of the fact that it is just a game… I hope everyone in the path of this massive storm are preparing and I wish for only the safety of my fellow Americans.

  7. You would think that years of football being played in hurricane season would have led the league to have a contingency plan in place instead of scrambling and settling on probably the worst option for two teams. Miami going from 7 to 6 true home games would be bad, but not as big of a deal as having two teams essentially eliminated from any post season success due to having to play 16 straight games. They used to have now bye weeks, but they also were playing fewer games back then. No team should have to go 16 games in a row.

  8. Any logical commissioner would recognize the effects that extreme weather can have on his sport, particularly one with many open stadiums, and have a set process for dealing with said emergencies. Such as, you know, recognizing a potential threat and immediately moving the game to a Thursday night or another stadium.

    Unfortunately, Goodell is the polar opposite of that. The CEO of Blockbuster was quicker to react than this clown. Everything he does, he makes up as he goes along and consistently settles on the worst possible solution available. Incredible.

  9. @boiler72–What??? That would create an immoral conflict because New England is scheduled to play tomorrow night.

  10. There is literally zero evidence that a bye week effects player safety one way or another. This was a no win situation for the NFL but go ahead and bash them if it makes you feel better. Both teams will lighten their practice load later in the year and that’s about all they can do.
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    I mean there doesn’t need to be “evidence.” Safety is pretty hard to link directly to anything. It is more just common sense realizing as the body tires, it becomes weaker, and more fragile. NFL players look forward to their bye week, an extra week to heal and take it easy goes a long way not only physically, but mentally. They could play the game elsewhere, that would be what the fans and the players would prefer, but its not about us, its about the owners. Always will be.

  11. What’s with all the complaining? There’s no perfect solution. Just a bunch of imperfect ones. This option is clearly the lesser of the evils.

  12. And this is why the London games are so atrocious. Dolphin players already have to deal with that awful travel; now they lost their bye week because the NFL couldn’t afford for their team to lose another “home” game? The commissioner doing his usual quality work here…

  13. They need to move that London game back home. Just one more reason to stop the overseas nonsense. Honestly, their best move would have been to move the game up to Thursday night, but that would have taken some common sense, a quality foreign to Roger Goodell.

  14. There’s still some uncertainty as to the path the hurricane will take, so did the NFL hire expert weather people too ? Since they seem to think that their experts in the legal system too.

  15. And can you imagine the uproar if the NFL doesn’t reschedule the game and plays the game anyways?! Then you can talk about lack of concern for player safety and worshipping the almighty dollar. Settle down people.

  16. boiler72 says:

    September 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Couldn’t they have moved it to tomorrow night (Thursday)???
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    They can’t really move the game to another night. I’m sure they took into consideration the evacuation efforts that have already started in Florida. Asking Florida residents to stay an extra day or take time out of their day when they should be preparing to evacuate would be irresponsible by the league. I thought a neutral location for the game would have been a better option.

  17. For those of you proposing moving the game, where would you have moved it? The NFL is a business, and plays the game for the benefit of its fans. Moving it to a neutral location, at the last minute would not have served either interest.

    Some of you would have complained regardless. If they had played the game regardless of Irma, you’d have said they put playing a game ahead of public safety. If they moved it to a different location, you’d say they were money hungry, and were more interested in making a dollar than being loyal to the fans who have more serious matters to which to tend. Now that they have rescheduled the game, some are complaining that they are forcing the players to play 16 straight games.

    The NFL takes a lot of heat, deservedly so, but this isn’t one of those situations where they are at fault.

  18. The way these hurricanes have been occurring more frequently, what are they gonna do if there’s another one in a few weeks or so that hits Florida…..make them play a double header???

  19. Wow, some of you just don’t think … redlikethepig said it best, “There is no perfect solution.”

    I was in favor of playing it early, either in Miami or elsewhere, until I saw the hurricane forecast this morning. Wow, that’s a “hella big storm”, and could be affecting ALL of Florida, and beyond. Millions (?) of people will be on the move in the coming days.

    1. Playing it early isn’t great as fans in South Florida should be preparing for the storm, and not a football game.
    2. Playing it early takes first responders away from storm and evacuation preparation.
    3. Playing it early, and elsewhere, “shorts” the Dolphins a home game.
    4. Playing during the mutual bye week isn’t perfect, but it makes the most sense of all of the (bad) options.

    It clearly sucks for the Dolphins to delay their home opener until October 8th … but it’s not “a rip-off”; it’s not “completely unfair from a competition standpoint”; it’s not “a greedy money grab. I’d be disappointed if I was a fan of either team, just having to wait one more week for my team to get started.

    Sometimes the best option isn’t great, but that doesn’t make it bad nor evil.

  20. Couldn’t they have moved it to tomorrow night (Thursday)??
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    Yeah, that’s really smart. Pretty sure there will be a mandatory evacuation in effect by then. There is no way they could simply play the game early on a whim. It’s not like a sandlot game where you just show up.

  21. Any time the league claims they are concerned about player safety this sort of thing is exhibit 1 in what a bunch of liars they are. Their only concern regarding player safety is if its something they can be sued over or not.

    Not? Go for the money.

    Making these teams play 16 straight weeks plus possibly playoffs with no bye is ridiculous.

  22. “And this is why the London games are so atrocious. Dolphin players already have to deal with that awful travel”

    Traveling to London is not “awful travel”. Its maybe an hour longer flight than east coast to west coast US. And these guys fly on private charters not cattle car airlines. I’ve been to the UK and Europe many times for work, its no big deal.

  23. dougchillin says:

    Player safety #1 priority in the NFL. That is why they are going to make them play 16 straight games instead of moving the game, you know because player safety is more important than money.
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    Millenials – bunch of crybabies. The NFL didn’t have bye weeks from 1978 to 1990. 20 straight games (4 preseason, 16 regular). And then right into the playoffs.

    Never heard a peep from Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Ronnie Lott or John Riggins complaining about needing a week off to rest. But now the likes of LeBron are all begging for time off. Weak.

  24. The NFL should give Miami and Tampa the same bye week next year as they lose this year. Don’t hold you breath for that to happen. Bill

  25. Insane. NFL missed a golden opportunity to win with the public.

    1) Hold game at a neutral site
    2) Refund money to ticket holders
    3) New ticket prices are on discount
    4) Proceeds of ticket prices go to Harvey and Irma relief efforts
    5) Concession prices go to Miami and Neutral Site location
    6) Neither team has to play 16 straight games

  26. Okay, I’m a dyed in the wool, 50 year fan of the Patriots, and even I know this is just unfair to both those teams. Can the NFL do anything right? Are they simply incapable of making sound decisions? Don’t even get me started on upholding Elliots 6 game suspension. The buffoonery in the league office is simply mind blowing.

  27. Those are two teams that had a realistic chance to make the playoffs and now they have been put in a serious disadvantage. What if either one of these teams had made the playoffs, the NFL expects them to play their best ball after playing 16 games with no rest week? This especially sucks for Miami considering their bye week came right before a slew of division games between the Pat’s and Bill’s to finish off the season, now they won’t have that extra week to rest or prepare.

  28. No team with a week 1 bye has ever made the playoffs.

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    False, Dolphins had a bye in Week 1 in 1992 due to the same circumstances, Hurricane Andrew, and still won their division. As much as it truly sucks for the players, moving the game to the open week for both teams is the only logical choice from a fan base perspective. That being said, the NFL is in the position because they keep shipping games overseas.

  29. For those saying the NFL should move the London game back to Miami… that was never an option as the NFL is desperate to open up the UK/European market.

    Given that the Dolphins were moving to London, the worst case scenario was always cancelling week 1. This means that the Dolphins have to go 16 straight including coming home from London vs Tampa.

    But those who say the Dolphins and Tampa have no chance should remember the 08 Ravens. Their game vs Houston was canceled in week 2 meaning they closed the season with 15 straight and they made it to the AFC title game as a wild card team (prior to losing to the Steelers in their 18th consecutive game).

  30. “they are going to make them play 16 straight games”

    That’s the way it used to be. The bye is not now, and never has been, about player safety – the bye is about letting the league sell 17 weeks of televised football instead of just 16.

  31. Two teams from Florida that are scheduled to play week one (the heart of Hurricane season) mysteriously have the same bye week. What are the chances of that?

  32. “Can the NFL do anything right? Are they simply incapable of making sound decisions?”

    If this is such an awful decision, there must be an obvious “sound” decision that’s fair and just and correct that everyone would be happy with. Why didn’t they just do that? (And what, by the way, would that decision be? It couldn’t have been to play the game in Miami. It couldn’t have been to play it somewhere else this weekend, costing the Dolphins one of their home games. Since those two things are either not possible or not fair to one of the participants, what is the obvious “sound” decision that the NFL has failed to make?)

  33. wrongowright says:
    September 6, 2017 at 9:22 am
    I am curious if that means Week 1 counts toward Martin’s suspension.

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    easy answer no it wont, there is no game.. suspension would now be week 2 to 5

  34. This was the best of all the admittedly bad solutions.

    As a Bucs fan, it sucks my team won’t play opening weekend. But the safety of the fans, players, first responders and everyone else has to take precedent. It’s a potentially really bad situation down here.

  35. The biggest disadvantage for the Bucs is we were going to get Jay Cutler while he was still working on his chemistry with the receivers and such. It was like a guaranteed two interceptions.

    Now we’ll get him later in the year where he’ll probably be in perfect sync with Adam Gase’s offense.

  36. New flash to most of you….the NFL played football before 1990. I know most of you don’t believe anything happened unless it happened in your lifetime, but they actually played games. And none of those teams had bye weeks. And they all survived!

  37. People seem to forget that the NFL didn’t have bye weeks for 75 years. The main purpose of the bye week isn’t to provide the team a week of rest – it was to extend the season an extra week – allowing the NFL (and the owners) more ad revenue.

  38. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:52 am
    The biggest disadvantage for the Bucs is we were going to get Jay Cutler while he was still working on his chemistry with the receivers and such. It was like a guaranteed two interceptions.

    Now we’ll get him later in the year where he’ll probably be in perfect sync with Adam Gase’s offense.

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    It’s still Jay Cutler so 2 interceptions will sound right about then too

  39. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:50 am
    This was the best of all the admittedly bad solutions.

    As a Bucs fan, it sucks my team won’t play opening weekend. But the safety of the fans, players, first responders and everyone else has to take precedent. It’s a potentially really bad situation down here.
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    What else is there to say? A lot of posters here have serious priority issues. We have already left, took the boat up to my brothers on the Chesapeake. Hope everyone gets out of the path of this beast and stays safe.

  40. “they are going to make them play 16 straight games”

    That’s the way it used to be. The bye is not now, and never has been, about player safety – the bye is about letting the league sell 17 weeks of televised football instead of just 16.
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    And how many of those players ever had a category 5 hurricane headed right for them??

    Football is the LEAST important thing to worry about here.

  41. floriosnuts says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:56 am
    Like the Patriots say no days off. Or in this case No weeks off. Hope the stadium is OK after Irma goes through or else this could be messy.
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    Easy to say when the Patriots are set with a schedule set to win the AFC East every year. Their toughest away game is the Broncos and wouldn’t you know they have a bye week before. Oh and the Raiders…..who play the Dolphins on a Sunday night in Miami so shorter week for them as well.

  42. The one time Miami doesn’t have a bye in the first two weeks possible, they don’t get one at all. Miami should not be playing a game in London again. It was billed as the requirement for hosting a super bowl but that happened the prior year when they gave Miami a home DIVISION game in London. That has never happened before. Mr Ross needs to step up on these matters. The NFL could have easily moved the game to a neutral location on Friday/Sat/Sun or even Mon if needed. That would have been far better than the crap they chose to do. The garbage about moving the game causing problems is just that…garbage. They have moved games before in less time. If they would have decided to do this immediately after they chose to cancel it still would have been more time to move this one to Friday than the past games that were moved to Monday or Tuesday.You can bet your bottom dollar that if this would have effected a preferred franchise the decision would have been far different. This was a shameful display of apathy and it screwed two franchises in the process.

  43. reptar310 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm
    Between 1966 and 1990 there were no bye weeks… The Bucs and Phins will be fine
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    That is true. BUT…every team had no bye week. This year, 30 teams get a bye week and two teams are forced to do without. That is an unfair competitive disadvantage for those two franchises no matter how much lipstick you try to put on that pig.

  44. “iman62 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:03 am
    No team with a week 1 bye has ever made the playoffs.”

    The 1992 Dolphins had a bye due to hurricane Andrew and went 11-5
    just sayin

  45. Couple of points:

    1) I love the way people on here act as if the bye week is a fact of life and can’t imagine life without it. The NFL played for SEVENTY YEARS without a bye week, which was instituted in 1990.

    2) I think the people saying Goodell stuck it the Dolphins/Bucs are off base. My suspicion is that it was the Dolphins who didn’t want to give up a second home game.

  46. FinFan68 has it right. Roger has to go, he has been the worst Leader in my life time. Miami and Tampa should get the same bye slot next year as they use to have this year.Bill

  47. Her’s an idea. Why not let the players and couches from both teams discuss and come up with a solutions that best fits their clubs and family’s. Thes players live in the areas that will be impacted by the storm and they too need time to make arrangements to get their families out safely as oppose to preparing for a football game.
    There is no good solution that will satisfy everyone but if you put in the hands of the teams that have the most to gain/lose it would take a lot of the politics out of the equation.

  48. Hurricane Irma is under no obligation to make sense to you.

    The NFL only added a bye week to stretch out the season one more week without playing more games.

    Boo hoo, if you want a bye week, win your division.

  49. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    Couple of points:

    1) I love the way people on here act as if the bye week is a fact of life and can’t imagine life without it. The NFL played for SEVENTY YEARS without a bye week, which was instituted in 1990.

    2) I think the people saying Goodell stuck it the Dolphins/Bucs are off base. My suspicion is that it was the Dolphins who didn’t want to give up a second home game.
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    Your suspicion is not correct. Both the Dolphins and the Bucs argued AGAINST moving the game to week 11

  50. laxcoach37 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This is completely unfair from a competition standpoint. However, in lieu of the fact that it is just a game… I hope everyone in the path of this massive storm are preparing and I wish for only the safety of my fellow Americans.

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    The NFL made 13 billion in revenue last year. It’s MUCH more than a game.

  51. This was simply the best thing for the Dolphins. If you think one week of rest is more important than home-field advantage, then ask Tom Brady if he’d give up home-field advantage against the Dolphins in this situation. He’s lost 3 of his past 4 games at Sun Life Stadium. Home-field advantage is not a myth or anything to be discounted for its importance.

    Neither relocating nor rescheduling the game were going to be good options. But this was the best of the bad options if the Dolphins plan to repeat their playoff run of 2016.

  52. I just want to express my disappointment to the many posters in response to the decision by the NFL to move the Bucs-Fins game to a mutual bye date. The players and their families lives are going to be impacted by a destructive storm and all you posters are worried about is the game itself…on that instance most you who post seem selfish and narrow minded in worrying about the game. Think of the families.. from your posts, it show what’s your priorities really are. Enjoy the games while others deal with personal loss

  53. Obviously the ones complaining about this decision have never lived thru a hurricane. To ask the players and employees of these teams to leave their families in a path of a HURRICANE to go play a game is unreasonable. The NFL made the best decision under some trying circumstances.

  54. Hurricane Irma is under no obligation to make sense to you.
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    Thanks to the last category 5 hurricane to hit US soil, we should all understand very well.

    Katrina destroyed an entire REGION. And all people are concerned with is a football game?

    I didn’t read a single WORD about the NFL cancelling this game.

    I hope this blows up in their greedy faces. No one deserves it more.

  55. Life long fin fan, I notice a lot of fricking whiners on this game change. Stop your pea brain complaining and enjoy what you can in life and instead of looking g for the negatives all the time.

  56. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I didn’t read a single WORD about the NFL cancelling this game.
    I hope this blows up in their greedy faces. No one deserves it more.
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    WTH are you talking about? Cancelling the game entirely isn’t an option when there are only 16 of them.

  57. Why wouldn’t they just play on Friday Night or even Thursday Night?
    Putting another game up against the Patriots would have been gold to Roger I’m sure.

  58. I guess all the ones that are saying why didn’t they play earlier in the week never experienced an hurricane before. The city is under evacuation on Thursdays, so a football game would not be possible. Then on Thursday while although it doesn’t hit then Sunday morning, you still get the tropical storm wind before then. Maybe they could have tried to play it in another state but with flights already being shut down coming in and out maybe it just wasn’t possible.

    Also for the idiots that say just play the game in London. You do know unless the take a complete longer away around which would add on to the already 9 plus hour flight, they would be flying directly into the storm

  59. I agree there is no easy answer, but I still say they could have played the game either Thursday night or at a neutral site like Atlanta.

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