Published: Apr 18, 2012 12:42 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Dolphins will play their first game under new coach Joe Philbin on the road against Houston on Sept. 9.

The Dolphins' schedule released Tuesday concludes Dec. 30 at New England. Miami's lone prime-time game is also on the road on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Buffalo.

The home opener is Sept. 16 against Oakland. Four of Miami's final six games are at home.

Miami faces the reigning AFC East champion Patriots twice in December, with the first meeting at home on Dec. 2.

NFC opponents are the Arizona Cardinals (away Sept. 30), St. Louis Rams (home Oct. 14), Seattle Seahawks (home Nov. 25) and San Francisco 49ers (away Dec. 9).