The teams have two of the longest current losing streaks in the NFL. The Dolphins have lost four straight games by a combined 76 points. The Jaguars’ slippage stands at 20, the longest in the league in nearly five decades and six short of the record.
Teams went to great lengths this week – literally – in hopes of securing a win.
The Dolphins (1-4) and Jaguars (0-5), who both reside in the same state about a five-hour drive from each other, traveled 4,500 miles (7,242 kilometers) to play in London. They will meet again at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, both desperate to end the slides.
Most would say that Jacksonville is long overdue. Coach Urban Meyer insists his side are making progress despite losing four of five games this season by double digits. Nonetheless, the Jaguars are closing in on Tampa Bay’s questionable NFL record. The expansion Buccaneers hold the league mark for consecutive losses at age 26, making it their second season in 1977.
A hint of Trevor Lawrence might help. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft is coming off his best two games, throwing for 473 yards, rushing for 64 more and accounting for three touchdowns and just one turnover.
The Dolphins feel the same way about Tua Tagovailoa, who injured his ribs early in a Week 2 loss and spent the last three games on injured reserve. He should come back against Jacksonville.
When are the Jaguars-Dauphins?
The game between the Dolphins and Jaguars is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) on Sunday, October 17.
Will it be broadcast live?
The match will be broadcast live on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. The most basic package is the “standard fubo” package, which includes over 100 channels for $64.99 per month. Like all cord cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports.
Which television channel will broadcast the match?
The Dolphins-Jaguars game will be broadcast on CBS.
ONLY ONE: The Dolphins are the only NFL team to be ranked 30th or worse in all four major offensive categories: yards, passing yards, rushing yards and points. The New York Jets are 29th in passing, falling short of joining the Dolphins at that dodgy club by 8 yards. The Jets nearly pulled off the feat for a full season in 2019, finishing 29th in passing again, 3 yards ahead of the 30th-ranked Indianapolis Colts that season.
ROAD TREATMENT: It’s been more than seven years since a rookie quarterback threw a touchdown pass in London. The Raiders’ Derek Carr was the last to accomplish the feat in 2014, at Wembley Stadium.
Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles (2014), Cleveland’s Deshone Kizer (2017), Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew (2019) and New York Jets’ Zach Wilson (last week) all failed to get one in the end zone from London . Lawrence gets the next hit. He could also become the first rookie QB with a pair of TD passes across the pond.
“I think I just play a lot smarter,” Lawrence said. “I feel like I’m getting better every week and I just have faith that it’s going to put us in situations to win games later on.”
GET STARTED QUICKLY: The Dolphins didn’t have a big problem starting games. They win the first quarters this season by a combined score of 34-23, the sixth-best differential in the league. The problem is the rest of the games. They were outscored 44-3 in the second quarter, 27-14 in the third, 54-25 in the fourth and 6-3 in overtime. Add it all up, and it’s a 131-45 difference after the first 15 minutes of each contest. This is by far the worst differential in the NFL this season after the first quarter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.