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Examining Dolphins' schedule: Games 5-8

The Miami Dolphins enter 2014 with the NFL's 12th-toughest strength of schedule. We are taking at look this week at each game and what Miami's chances are of winning.

Here is an in-depth look at games 5-8:

Game 5: Green Bay Packers

Analysis: This will be the biggest reunion game of the season for Miami. Head coach Joe Philbin will face his former team for the first time since leaving the Packers as their offensive coordinator. Philbin won a Super Bowl with the Packers and knows how dangerous this team is, especially when quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy. The Dolphins can win this home game, but they enter as an underdog.

Degree of difficulty (1 is easy, 10 is difficult): 7.5

Game 6: at Chicago Bears

Analysis: This game marks the second straight NFC North battle. The Dolphins will travel to historic Soldier Field to face the Bears. Fortunately for Miami, this game will not be played in inclement weather later in the season. The Dolphins should get milder October weather, but winning on the road against Chicago will be tough nonetheless.

Degree of difficulty: 7.5

Game 7: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis: On paper, this should be one of Miami's easiest games on the schedule. The Jaguars have been bottom-feeders for quite some time. All you need to know if former Dolphins draft bust Chad Henne is in line to be Jacksonville's starting quarterback. Jacksonville has quality draft picks, but this team still has a lot of holes.

Degree of difficulty: 4

Game 8: San Diego Chargers

Analysis: It seems like the Dolphins play San Diego almost every season. This will be the third meeting in four years between these two teams. San Diego has a lot of talent and is one of six games against playoff teams from a year ago. But, like many West Coast teams coming to Miami, the long road trip for San Diego should play a factor. The Dolphins usually takes advantage in these situations. Miami beat San Diego at home last season, 20-16

Degree of difficulty: 6