Sunday's Miami Dolphins-Jacksonville Jaguars matchup is the 30th all-time NFL game in London and will be the 30th to fail to match a pair of clubs with winning records. In fact, with the Dolphins at 1-4 and on a four-game skid and the Jaguars 0-5 and on a 20-game losing streak, it might be the worst London matchup ever. There's a good chance that Miami will get back starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa from injured reserve and the Fins are 3.5-point favorites as the "road" team.
While the Dolphins clearly blew it in the 2020 draft by taking Tua at No. 5 overall instead of Justin Herbert, who went No. 6 to the Chargers, the Fins are 1-0 this year in games Tua has played in full. That was a 17-16 victory Week 1 in New England.
Tua suffered fractured ribs early in Week 2 against Buffalo and Miami is 0-4 with Jacoby Brissett as the primary/starting QB. He played through a hamstring injury in last Sunday's 45-17 loss at Tampa Bay. Brissett, though, should be good to start if Tua can't. Tagovailoa was to return to practice Wednesday and the team technically has a 21-day window to activate him from IR.
Receiver DeVante Parker is in question after missing Week 5 with an injury and not practicing Wednesday. With Will Fuller already on injured reserve, Miami is down to basically rookie Jaylen Waddle, Preston Williams and a bunch of scrubs at wideout.
Most teams are on the bye after a trip to London, which could influence whether or not to push injured players to play, but Miami does play Week 7 with its bye not until Week 14. The team requested the later bye week. The travel to London isn't obviously as bad for an East Coast club.
Will the Miami defense force a turnover this week? Its NFL-best 26-game streak of forcing at least one ended vs. the Bucs. Jacksonville is tied for last in the league with 11 giveaways. Since Week 2, the Fins are allowing an NFL-worst 34.5 points.
The Jaguars now stand alone in second place for the NFL's longest losing streak at 20 straight – behind the 26 in a row by the 1976-77 Buccaneers. Thirteen of the 20 losses have been by double digits. The Jacksonville defense has allowed at least 23 points in 20 straight games, tied for the longest such streak in NFL history. Jags rookie QB Trevor Lawrence led Clemson to a 44-17 win over a Tua-led Alabama team in the national championship game following the 2018 season.
Jacksonville is on the bye next week and if it doesn't pull the upset Sunday could be looking at a 25-game skid with games following at Seattle, vs. Buffalo, at Indianapolis and vs. San Francisco. The record-tying game then could be Nov. 28 at home vs. Atlanta.
Miami won in Jacksonville in Week 3 last year, 31-13. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gardner Minshew were the starting QBs. The Dolphins scored touchdowns on their first three drives for the first time since 2011.
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