Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dolphins, jaguars take in-state series, glide across pond

Miami (1-4) vs. Jacksonville (0-5) in London

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. EDT, CBS

Opening Line: Miami at 3:30 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Against the spread: Miami 2-3; Jacksonville 1-4.

Series record: 5-5 tied.

Final Meeting: The Dolphins beat the Jaguars 31-13 on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Last week: The Dolphins lost to the Buccaneers 45-17; The Jaguars lost 37–19 to the Titans.

Dolphins Offenses: Overall (31), Rush (32), Pass (30), Scoring (31).

Dolphins Defense: Overall (30), Rush (24), Pass (26), Scoring (30).

Jaguars Offenses: Overall (21), Rush (6), Pass (27), Scoring (28).

Jaguars Defence: Overall (28), Rush (20), Pass (25), Scoring (29).

Turnover differential: dolphin minus -2; Jaguar minus -10.

Dolphins player to watch: DL Christian Wilkins. He has 126 tackles over the span of three seasons, more than any other defensive lineman in the 2019 draft class. Jacksonville C would be without Brandon Linder (knee, ankle) and RG AJ Cain (knee), forcing backup on the field against Wilkins.

Jaguars player to watch: TE Dan Arnold has become one of QB Trevor Lawrence’s top targets in just a few weeks. Arnold has eight team-high receptions for 93 yards in two games with Jacksonville, acquired in a trade with Carolina late last month.

Main match: Dolphins te Mike Gesicki vs. A Jaguars defense that has struggled to cover tight ends. Gesicki has 19 catches in 186 yards and one touchdown in Miami’s last three games. Jacksonville has allowed the tight end to score four TDs in the past four weeks.

Major injuries: Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribbed fractured) returned to practice this week, and backup QB Jacobi Brissette (hamstring) played through pain in Tampa Bay last week. WR Devante Parker, who is suffering from shoulder and hamstring problems, missed Wednesday’s practice. Jaguar LB Miles Jack (back) missed two days of practice and may not make the trip.

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Series Notes: The average score for their nine regular-season meetings is the Dolphins 20, the Jaguars 16, with Miami leading 5–4 in those games. The last game of QB Dan Marino’s career with the Dolphins, the Jags won the lone playoff 62–7.

Stats and Content: This is a matchup of two of the three NFL teams with the longest losing streaks. Miami has made four consecutive drops since the win in New England to start the season. Jacksonville has lost 20 runs in a row, the second longest skid in NFL history. Tampa Bay holds 26 consecutive records, set in 1977. Detroit (0–5) is the only other currently winning team in the league. … of the last 29 NFL games in London, the Dolphins are one of only two teams to be closed. The Los Angeles Rams lost 20–0 to New Orleans in 2017 three weeks before the Los Angeles Rams beat Arizona 33–0. … Jacksonville is playing its league-high eighth game in London. The Dolphins are playing in London in fifth place, the second most among NFL teams. … Jacksonville is playing its first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after hosting a game annually at the historic Wembley Stadium between 2013 and 2019. The Jags are expected to sign another long-term contract to play home games annually at Wembley.

Fantasy Tip: Jaguars RB James Robinson is coming off a career game, rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee, and should be a start against Miami’s defense. Both tee’s are good sleeper selections: Gaskey (Miami) and Arnold (Jacksonville).

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