A week after being treated to the Jets against the Falcons, the good people of London will get to watch the 1-4 Miami Dolphins take on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars in the second game of this year’s NFL London series. The Dolphins head to England coming off a blowout loss to the Bucs, while the Jaguars continue to reel after getting thumped at home by the Titans.
Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, October 17, 2021 – 09:30 AM EDT at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
NFL football is NFL football, regardless of who’s playing. That appears to be the motto of this year’s NFL London series as four of the worst teams in the league were sent across the pond to showcase the product for British fans.
A week after being treated to the Jets against the Falcons, the good people of London will now get to watch the 1-4 Miami Dolphins take on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars to wrap up the two-game trip to England.
The Dolphins head to London coming off a blowout loss to the Bucs, losing in Tampa 45-17 on Sunday. The Jaguars fell to 0-5, getting thumped at home by the Titans, 37-19. Jacksonville has now lost 20 straight games, the third-longest losing streak in NFL history.
Getting Back Tua (Maybe)
It’s still early in the NFL year, but by all accounts, the Dolphins’ season is teetering on the brink. Since a one-point win over the Patriots in the opener, Miami has lost four straight, three by double digits, including Sunday’s lopsided loss.
The Dolphins made adjustments to the offense on Sunday, shuffling three starters on the offensive line to help improve pass protection. Austin Jackson moved from left tackle to left guard. Liam Eichenberg shifted to left tackle and Jesse Davis took over at right tackle. That move seemed to work on Sunday.
The team also made more use of running back Myles Gaskin and tight end Mike Gesicki, as their improved line play allowed them to put the two playmakers on the field together, instead of benching them in place of additional blocking help. Even with those moves, the Dolphins still only managed 17 points.
This week, Miami hopes to get back its quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa is eligible to return from fractured ribs this week, and the team has pointed to the Jacksonville game since putting him on injured reserve. As recently as a week ago, the team seemed to think Tagovailoa was still on track to get back for the London game. He resumed throwing in practice and coach Brian Flores said he’s been “getting better every day.”
Despite not suiting up for the Tampa loss, Tagovailoa was a storyline. After the Dolphins lost, the gym where the quarterback trains posted a series of tweets claiming that coach Brian Flores has lost the locker room. In a since-deleted posting, the gym said that Tua would be “coming back to a team that quit on their coach.”
The Jaguars are winless, and their coach, Urban Meyer, just barely escaped with his job heading into this past week’s loss. The Jags are now six games away from the NFL record for consecutive losses and have games against Buffalo, Seattle, Indianapolis, and San Francisco coming up. So the Miami game is shaping up to be the team’s best chance to avoid immortality.
Jacksonville is still making moves to try to turn things around. The team is reportedly signing veteran receiver Anthony Miller, a former second-round draft pick who was just cut by Houston. On defense, Jacksonville took play-calling responsibilities away from linebacker Myles Jack.
The team took the “green dot” off his helmet, signifying that he is able to get calls from the sideline radioed to him. The team wanted him to just focus on making plays and let another defensive player deal with communicating between the sideline and teammates on the field.
Jack ended up leaving the game with a back injury. Backup Dakota Allen also exited with a shoulder problem, which could leave Jacksonville very thin at the position if either player can’t bounce back this week.
The team is also watching the status of center Brandon Linder, who hurt his MCL and ankle late in the game. Meyer said afterward that the injury wasn’t as bad as the team first thought.
This is the Jaguars’ best chance to get a win, and, assuming the injured players can answer the bell, it could be time for everything to converge for the team.
For your NFL pick, look for Trevor Lawrence to put things together and outplay a rusty Tagovailoa. Take the Jags and the points.
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