It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in South Florida: The Miami Dolphins do not have much of a home-field advantage at Sun Life Stadium.
The Dolphins have been one of the NFL's worst home teams in recent seasons. Miami is a meager 10-14 at home since 2010.
This year's Dolphins (2-0) team will aim to change that Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1). There is a lot of buzz in South Florida after Miami's undefeated start. Maybe the tide is turning for the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
Sunday will be a good litmus test of whether Miami has a chance this year to develop a home-field advantage this year. It's the Dolphins' home opener, the team is finally winning and an exciting Atlanta team is coming to town.
Interest in the Dolphins is way up if you go by the rising television ratings. People are definitely talking about the Dolphin’ 2-0 start. But is it enough to put butts in the seats? That remains to be seen.
Sun Life Stadium has been one of the easiest venues to get tickets for opposing teams. Fans from around the country often make Dolphins games a nice weekend vacation in Miami and a chance to see their favorite team on Sunday. The team is doing its part by winning games. Will Dolphins fans follow suit?
There are various reasons the Dolphins struggle to produce a home-field advantage. In addition to fielding bad teams, Miami fans also fail to consistently show up.
The Dolphins were better in head coach Joe Philbin's first year, going 5-3 in 2012. This year's Miami team has the potential to do better. But it's going to take the team and fan base to do their part -- starting with Sunday's home opener.