Dolphins vs Falcons : The Miami Dolphins get underway with their 2019 preseason schedule on Thursday, hosting the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. The game will likely include the starters/presumed starters for both teams taking a few snaps before turning it over to the backups to play the majority of the game. Thursday will give coaches game-speed film on players, but it is more about getting some experience and getting out of the game healthy.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Football 2019 Preseason Week 1
Team : Dolphins vs Falcons
Date : Thursday, August 8
Start Time : 7:30 Pm Et
Miami is already dealing with the injury bug this year, particularly at linebacker where it seems every player who has or could take first team snaps has ended up sidelined at some point. Making it through this game relatively injury free would be a huge step forward for Miami.
This game also marks the head coaching debut for Brian Flores, who takes over the Dolphins this year after the team fired Adam Gase at the end of last season. Flores, and the entire coaching staff, will use this gme as a chance to find their comfort zone in a new role.
Everything you need to know to watch Thursday’s game is below:
When the Dolphins open their preseason Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, the good news for armchair fans is two South Florida TV stations will carry the action.
The bad news is that for some fans, watching won’t be as simple as reaching for the remote.
The worse news is if you’re a fan of any of the local pro sports teams, the forecast calls for a frustrating season with a high probability of dark TV screens.
First, the Dolphins. Their game against the Falcons kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with coverage anchored by WFOR-Channel 4 in Miami and simulcast by sister station WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach.
Simple, right? If you receive Ch. 12, yes. If Ch. 4 is your CBS affiliate and your provider is owned by AT&T, you will not be able to see the game.
There is an ongoing dispute between CBS and AT&T over fees providers pay networks to carry their signals. That means 6.5 million subscribers to DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T Now (formerly DirecTV Now) are not receiving CBS programming because they’re in one of 17 markets in which the CBS affiliate is owned by the network. Those markets include Miami, Tampa, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Channel 4 is affected by the blackout, but Ch. 12 is not. Officials at those stations confirmed Tuesday that even in the case of Ch. 12 picking up Ch. 4′s feed for the game, the blackout will not apply. If you receive Ch. 12 now, you should be able to grab the popcorn with confidence.
As for those who recently lost Ch. 4, you still have options, but you won’t want to wait until 7:29 p.m. Thursday to explore them:
The Falcons will play their second preseason game of 2019 when they travel down to Miami to face the Dolphins on Thursday evening. After losing 14-10 to the Broncos in the Hall of Fame Game, the Falcons (0-1) will continue to evaluate their younger players while also getting the veterans “some plays for sure” as coach Dan Quinn put it Monday.