The third exhibition game of the NFL preseason is commonly known as the ‘dress rehearsal,’ the game in which many of the starters play extended minutes as teams prepare for the time when these games actually count for something.
The Miami Dolphins will hold their penultimate game of their preseason Thursday night in Orlando at Camping World Stadium against the ‘visiting’ Atlanta Falcons.
Thursday’s game will be nationally broadcast on NBC (WTVJ-6) and can be heard on the radio locally on WQAM-560 as well as WKIS-99.9.
For the Miami Dolphins, Thursday was supposed to be their homecoming, their test-run at their renovated stadium in Miami Gardens.
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This will be the first NFL exhibition game held in Orlando since 1997 according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The former Citrus Bowl was gutted in a $200-million renovation and is home to a pair of bowl games, the Orlando City MLS team and the Florida high school state championships. The NFL is also bringing its Pro Bowl to Orlando this year.
The Dolphins (1-1) are coming off a 41-14 thrashing at the hands of the Cowboys last Friday with very few positives coming out of North Texas save for the play of Miami’s first-team offense.
On Thursday, expect to see a little more of starter Ryan Tannehill & Co. as the Dolphins are expected to play their starters into the third quarter.
Tannehill completed 12 of 20 passes for 162 yards with a pair of touchdown tosses to Kenny Stills.
Veteran running back Arian Foster played his first preseason game in years last week and was on the field for just nine snaps. He may say a little more action against the Falcons.
“The preseason's about knocking the cobwebs off, getting back in the groove, seeing things you haven't seen in a while, just getting a feel for the game,” Foster said, according to Adam Beasley.
Although last week’s showing in Dallas didn’t exactly offer much to see — especially on the defensive side of the ball — Greg Cote writes that, if everything goes right, Miami fans can have a sense of optimism.
Miami Dolphins v. Atlanta Falcons
▪ When, where: 8 p.m.; Camping World Stadium, Orlando
▪ TV/Radio: NBC-6; WQAM-560, WKIS-99.9, ESPN-1210 (Spanish).
▪ Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster.com, secondary market