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Miami Dolphins’ home games backloaded in 2015 season

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes to tight end Charles Clay (42) to score late in the second quarter. The Miami Dolphins host the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, December 28, 2014.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes to tight end Charles Clay (42) to score late in the second quarter. The Miami Dolphins host the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, December 28, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Make sure your cable bill is paid up come Labor Day, Dolphins fans.

Because for the first half of the season, you’ll need it.

In a bizarre scheduling quirk, the Dolphins will open the 2015 season with two consecutive road games — at the Washington Redskins and at the Jacksonville Jaguars — and will have just two true home games in the first 10 weeks of the season.

But the league did reward the Dolphins with four games at Sun Life Stadium in the final five weeks — including important showdowns against the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots to close out the season.

That’s according to the NFL, which rolled out its entire 2015 schedule in typically over-the-top fashion Tuesday: with a three-hour announcement special on the league-run network.

If there is a silver lining with the Dolphins’ front-loaded road schedule — other than plenty of frequent-flier miles for the heartiest of diehards — it’s this: They don’t face a 2014 playoff team until the eighth week of the season.

On the flip side: Those last five games could all be against teams in the hunt.

In other words, the Dolphins have an opportunity to start fast, but they will have to do so on the road, where Miami is just 12-20 in the past four years.

Bummed out? Don’t be. All is not lost. The Dolphins opened the 2013 season with two road games — and won them both.

And there’s this: The Dolphins should be favored in at least four of their first six games (and perhaps all of them), beginning at the Redskins on Sept. 13. In Week 2, they’re at the Jaguars before hosting the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 27. Then they cross the ocean to face the New York Jets in London for what is technically a home game.

After that comes their bye, falling on Week 5 for the second year in a row.

Then comes four road games in the next five weeks: at Tennessee, New England (a Thursday night game shown on NFL Network), Buffalo and Philadelphia from mid-October through mid-November.

The only home game during that time is against the Houston Texans on Oct. 25.

But after that, the skies clear. The Dolphins will board a plane just twice during the last seven weeks of the season, with games at the Jets on Nov. 29 and at the San Diego Chargers in Dec. 20.

And their remaining homes are a ticket-seller’s dream: against the Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 22), the Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 6), the New York Giants (Dec. 14), the Colts (Dec. 27) and the Patriots (Jan. 3).

The Giants game is on Monday night — the Dolphins’ only home prime-time affair of the year.

For the fifth year in a row, the Dolphins have not been awarded a coveted Sunday night game. However, NBC could flex to one of Miami’s late-season games if it has significant playoff implications.

▪ The Dolphins on Tuesday waived guard Davonte Wallace.

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