Green Bay Packers 2022 opponent preview: Miami Dolphins

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Ron Elkman /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Ron Elkman /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images) /

For the second year in a row, the Green Bay Packers play on Christmas Day.

This one will have a different feel to last season. Instead of playing the Cleveland Browns at a frozen Lambeau Field, the Packers play on the road against the Miami Dolphins.

Is this a game the Packers should win?

Last season

It was a season of two halves for the Dolphins.

Miami lost seven of its opening eight games, seemingly ending any hopes of a playoff berth.

However, quite incredibly, the Dolphins would go 8-1 in the second half of the season, finishing with a 9-8 record and just missing out on the postseason.

The schedule did help. During their early-season losing run, the Dolphins played the Buffalo Bills twice, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Indianapolis Colts.

In the second half of the year, they got two games against the New York Jets, as well as matchups with the Houston Texans, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers.

Regardless, it was an impressive turnaround.

When is the game?

The Packers meet the Dolphins in Week 16. The game kicks off at noon CT on Christmas Day.

Offseason additions/departures

In an offseason filled with blockbuster trades, the Dolphins pulled off one of the biggest.

Miami sent five draft picks, including selections in the first and second rounds this year, to the Kansas City Chiefs for All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The Dolphins also signed Pro Bowl tackle Terron Armstead and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Miami didn’t have a draft pick until the third round. The team only made four selections in total: inside linebacker Channing Tindall (third round), wide receiver Erik Ezukanma (fourth round), outside linebacker Cameron Goode and quarterback Skylar Thompson (both seventh round).

Last meeting with Packers

November 11, 2018: Packers won 31-12 at Lambeau Field

Player to watch

Tyreek Hill: One of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Hill gives any defense problems. The Packers’ secondary will need to be at their best to stop Hill from taking over the game.