Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars set their sights on first win of the season

The NFL's 30th game in London takes place this Sunday as the Jaguars face the Dolphins, and the home side will be hoping for a first win of the season.

The NFL London series continues this week as the Miami Dolphins take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Jaguars seem to have the bigger backing in London, so while it may be an unorthodox home game, they'll still have the better support on Sunday afternoon.

The journey to London will be the least of the Dolphins' concerns at the moment. They head into the game uncertain who will play quarterback, with Tua Tagovailoa's availability in doubt.

With both teams struggling with injuries, it'll be interesting too see who takes to the field on Sunday to round off the NFL London series.

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Best bets

Miami Dolphins under 20.5 points 15/8

Jacksonville Jaguars over 27.5 points 11/4

Jacksonville Jaguars to win 6/4

When: October 17, 2021 - 2.30pm (BST)

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

How to watch: BBC Two/NFL Game Pass/Sky Sports NFL

Background: Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots 17-16 in Week One but since then things have gone downhill.

They lost starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week Two to a rib injury but are hoping he'll return in time for Sunday's clash. Despite the setbacks, the Dolphins are still favourites to leave London with their second win of the season.

Brian Flores' team currently have the worst point differential in the NFL after being outscored by a whopping 75 points so far this season.

The Dolphins have been averaging 15.8 points a game but have been conceding 30.8. Their offense has struggled to sustain drives, meaning their defense has spent far more time on the field than they'd like. Dolphins fans will be hoping that the return of Tagovailoa can help patch up that record.

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and was subsequently billed as the solution to all their problems.

However, things haven't started great for the Jaguars, who have now lost 20 straight games - the third worst stretch in NFL history. The Jaguars defense has particularly struggled and have allowed 22+ points in 20 straight games, tied for the longest streak in NFL history.

As a rookie quarterback, Lawrence has lacked the experience to turn around the Jaguars' fortunes, but a good omen for their fans is their record in London.

They are the only team in NFL history to have won three games this side of the pond, so there's still reason to be hopeful

Quarterback matchup: Tua Tagovailoa vs Trevor Lawrence

Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence may not have met in the NFL but they have met in college.

The one national title Lawrence secured at Clemson came in 2018 at the expense of Tua and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Dolphins will be desperate to see Tua line up on Sunday after losing four consecutive games without him. In Week One he led his side to a 17-16 win over the New England Patriots, throwing for 202-yards and one touchdown in the process.

However, coming off a rib injury, the Dolphins won't want to rush his recovery, and there's every chance that Jacoby Brissett would line up for his fourth start of the season.

Through Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars certainly have a quarterback for the future. Coming out of college, Lawrence was considered to be one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history, hence his selection as number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

However, things haven't started great for Lawrence in Jacksonville. He has lost more games in his five weeks in the NFL than he had during his entire high school and college career.

Through five weeks of the NFL season, Lawrence has thrown for 1,146-yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions - ocassionally showing glimpses of his breathtaking potential.

However, he's clearly been affected by the step up to the NFL, and has often lacked critical decision making. He has, though, found success in running the ball, and has rushed for 110-yards so far this season, topped off with two rushing touchdowns.

Key men

Jaylen Waddle - Miami Dolphins

Jaylen Waddle's single touchdown this season came in Week One

The Dolphins will potentially be without wide receiver DeVonta Parker on Sunday afternoon, who currently leads the Dolphins with 242-yards receiving yards. Therefore, Miami will be relying on rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who has 231-receiving yards and one touchdown to start the season.

Waddle was one of the most highly touted receivers coming out of college despite suffering a serious injury in his final year. Possessing rapid pace and the ability to blow away oppenent secondary's, Waddle has added a new string to the Dolphins' bow.

Additionally, Waddle and Tagovailoa were college teammates and the Dolphins will be hoping that the duo can rediscover their chemistry of old.

Xavien Howard - Miami Dolphins

Xavien Howard did not practice on Wednesday but is likely to return to fitness to face the Jaguars on Sunday. And, as one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL, the Dolphins will be keen to make sure he can play.

With one interception and six deflected passes so far, Howard will be hoping to add to his record and keep Lawrence quiet on Sunday.

James Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars

James Robinson is a reliable running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Robinson has a knack for proving his critics wrong, breaking the record for the most scrimmage yards for any rookie free agent after going undrafted in 2020.

A powerful and well-rounded runner, Robinson has been able to help Lawrence ease in to life in the NFL with his ability to break tackles and make plays

He has rushed for 387-yards so far this season which is the fourth most across the NFL. He also ranks fifth in the NFL for touchdowns after scoring four already this campaign.

Josh Allen - Jacksonville Jaguars

No we're not taking about the Buffalo Bills quarterback. But, with Myles Jacks out for the Jaguars on Sunday, they'll be relying on former first-round pick, Josh Allen to fill in.

So far this season Allen has recorded 2.5 sacks and 18 total tackles.

Previous matchups

The Miami Dolphins played in the first London game whilst the Jacksonville Jaguars have played in the most London games with eight

September 24, 2020: Miami Dolphins 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 13

With Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returning from injury, Allen can find some success in his pass-rushing against a QB who will be eager to avoid tackles.

The Miami Dolphins overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars thanks to the performance of veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

'Fitz-magic' as he is more commonly known in Miami became the first quarterback in NFL history to notch six wins over the same opponent with six different teams. He threw for 160-yards and three total touchdowns as the Dolphins managed their first double-digit victory in 39 games.

Things simply didn't go to plan for the Jaguars - their offense failed to stick to the plan and they gave away countless penalties that made things even easier for Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins offense.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 275-yards and rookie running back James Robinson rushed for 46-yards and two touchdowns.

December 23, 2018: Jacksonville Jaguars 17 Miami Dolphins 7

In 2018, Blake Bortles had lost his place as starting quarterback of the Jaguars to Cody Kessler. However, after an injury to Kessler, Bortles was thrown into the game late in the third quarter and surprised everyone to win while eliminating the Miami Dolphins from playoff contention.

The Jaguars defense was led by Calais Campbell. The All-Pro defensive end led the charge with a forced and recovered fumble, a sack, two tackles for a loss and three quarterback hurries. It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination but as Jacksonville currently know - a win's a win.

September 20, 2015: Miami Dolphins 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 23

Rolling back the clock to 2015, rookie Jaguars kicker Jason Myers became a fan favourite when he kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal with 40 seconds left on the clock.

The Jaguars trio of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Myers stepped up to bounce back from a terrible Week One performance against the Carolina Panthers.

Bortles completed 18 of 33 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns, no turnovers and no sacks. Robinson caught six passes for a career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jaguars trio were the reason Jacksonville claimed all the points and shocked the league. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill performed admirably, completing 30 of 44 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough and both teams moved to 1-1.

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