The NFL continues its international outreach by sending the Miami Dolphins to London to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Which one of these Florida teams is the right NFL pick? Let’s see the NFL odds.
Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, October 17, 2021- 9:30 AM EDT at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer's nightmare season continues. The Jaguars fell to the Tennessee Titans 37-19. Meyer’s dubious tenure was further marred by video surfacing of him enjoying the Columbus Ohio nightlife after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Meyer did not fly home with the team. Most NFL insiders called this unprecedented and a huge red flag.
The coach is expected to be the leader of the team and by not flying back with the team and suffering the loss with the team he failed to show the necessary leadership. This incident makes Meyer's claims of being all in to turn around this team ring hollow to veteran Jaguars players, who were already disgruntled with Meyer's college-style practices. This game on Sunday was a huge test on how the Jaguars would respond, and it looks like the team, especially the defense has quit on their coach.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence put up good garbage-time numbers against the weak Titans defense but overall his performance was lacking once again. Lawrence was 23-33 for 273 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for a TD. It is tough to fault Lawrence. The coaching staff has not put them in a position to win. The offensive line has struggled all season.
Meyer's insistence on running a pro-style offense has brought much-warranted criticism. Meyer refusing to import many of the plays, sets, and schemes that Lawrence ran with success at Clemson has been doubted and looking at the results, rightfully so. Lawrence may be looking at a new coach and a new teammate who is a top-five draft pick at the end of this season.
Jaguars RB James Robinson had a nice day rushing 18 times for 149 yards and a TD. This is one of the few positives the Jaguars can take from this loss. Jaguars fans have to worry if the team will give up on Meyer after such a dismal start to the season.
The Dolphins season has been in disarray since losing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. While the defense is still playing hard, they are not getting the ridiculously high amount of turnovers that they got last season which made them such an effective winning unit.
With the offense taking a step back and the defense no longer putting the offense in great positions with takeaways, the Dolphins have failed to live up to expectations so far this season. The Dolphins suffered another brutal loss, falling 45-17 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett had an admirable stat line at 27-39 for 275 yards with 2 TDs and an INT.
The eye test wasn’t so kind to Brissett. He often looked rushed and uncomfortable, failing to press the Buccaneers weakened secondary. The Dolphins’ defense was a disaster, giving up 558 total yards. This is a team in need of a reset. The Dolphins’ offensive line has been a serious issue whether it has been Tua Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
The Dolphins failed to get protection for their quarterback and have not been able to open up lanes for running back Myles Gaskin. Miami has been rumored to be looking for a trade for Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson, which shows the disappointment that the team has with Tua's play, even when healthy.
Questions about Tua are obvious. He is a smaller quarterback who seems to be injury-prone. Many observers and fans criticized the Arizona Cardinals’ decision to get rid of first-round draft pick QB Josh Rosen after just one season. The Cardinals’ decision appeared to be the right one.
Their reason was to avoid the sunken cost fallacy of starting a quarterback who simply does not have it at the NFL level just because he was a high draft pick. The Dolphins may be facing a similar decision with Tua at the end of the season.
Miami wide receivers versus Jacksonville secondary. Jacksonville has issues in coverage and opposing wide receivers have been able to run wide open against them. The Miami wide receivers have struggled to get space and separation, especially missing WR Davante Parker, who will be questionable for this game. The Dolphins are going to need to get open against one of the weaker secondaries they play this year, in order to put points on the board and get out of London with the victory.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are tough to back right now because of the lack of talent on the roster and the inferior coaching staff. The Jaguars lack good football players. They also lack creativity in designing schemes to augment the strengths of their players. You cannot in good conscience back Jacksonville right now until they fix these issues. Lay the points. Take the Dolphins in this matchup.
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