National Football League will evaluate Bucs-Dolphins options this morning
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 07, 2017,
Sep 07, 2017, 10:45
The Buccaneers and Dolphins shared a scheduled bye in Week 11. At the time, it was unclear whether the teams would play at a neutral site on Sunday or if the game would be rescheduled for later in the season.
The new game between the two teams is set for November 19, when the two teams share a bye week.
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Caribbean Wednesday, threatening South Florida later this week, the Hurricanes have decided they won't be traveling to, or playing against, Arkansas State this Saturday. The Dolphins are already sacrificing one home game this season to be the home team in the early October game in London.
"This is about what's best for our students, coaching staff and their families", Miami athletic director Blake James said, after telling Arkansas State about the decision that wasn't exactly warmly received.
"We made the collective decision that we simply can not put our student-athletes, coaches and staff in danger traveling to and from contests", James said.
The NFL will have 16 empty Stadiums this week that this game could be played at and by playing at a neutral site both the Dolphins and Bucs would retain their bye week during the season.
The category 5 hurricane is headed toward Florida. When teams from the Power Five conferences play at teams from the group of five it is usually one of the biggest games in that school's history. That bye week will give us an opportunity to kind of get some guys healthy.
Depending on where the game is moved to, weather conditions could still be suboptimal, thus raising the values of the defenses and running backs and hurting the values of the quarterbacks and receivers. The New Orleans Saints played a home game at the old Giants Stadium in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "All we can do is get prepared for this game, and when it comes, it comes".
The London series has been running since 2005, when the Dolphins faced off with the New York Giants in the first-ever regular season National Football League game held outside North America.
Irma's arrival marks the second time in as many weeks US airline operations will be disrupted by a powerful storm.
"We know the situation, and people are talking about the game being moved", Kenny Stills said.