NFL Week 6 Picks: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins Predictions, Picks & Odds
The NFL has not made it a habit of sending the league’s best representation to play in London. A week after the Jets and Falcons played the first London game of the season, the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars head overseas with a combined 1-9 record. Is a different continent where the Jaguars need to go to end a historic losing streak, or will the Dolphins return to their winning ways with the possible return of Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback?
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Miami Dolphins Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Game Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
Where To Watch: CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins INJURY REPORT
Questionable: WR Devante Parker, TE Adam Shaheen (knee), QB Jacoby Brissett (hamstring), QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs)
OUT: WR William Fuller V (finger), G Michael Deiter (foot), OT Larnel Coleman (knee), WR Lynn Bowden Jr. (hamstring), WR Allen Hurns
Questionable: DE Roy Robertson-Harris, DE Lerentee McCray, CB Tyson Campbell, LB Myles Jack (oblique)
OUT: C Brandon Linder (MCL)
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins Prediction
The Miami Dolphins had reason to be optimistic about the start of their season after a road win against New England. However, it has been all downhill since, as the team has been outscored 138-62 during a current four-game losing streak. Many problems lie with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has thrown for just 183 YPG with four touchdowns and two interceptions in his limited action. In addition, the team could desperately use the services of Tua Tagovailoa, who has not played since leaving their Week 2 loss to the Bills early with a rib injury. Head coach Brian Flores is hopeful Tagovailoa can return to practice this week in hopes of getting cleared for Sunday.
However, Miami’s problems do not just lie with their offense. A Dolphins defense that allowed 30 or more points five times last season has already allowed 30 or more points three times through the first five games of this season. In last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay scored on seven of their ten possessions. In addition, it was Tom Brady’s first career game where he had 400 or more passing yards and five or more passing touchdowns.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are amid a historic losing streak, as they became just the second team in the Super Bowl era with a losing streak of at least 20 games. It looked like Jacksonville was turning a corner and was getting close to breaking through with a win, especially after leading the majority of their Thursday night contest against the Bengals. However, they followed that up by laying an egg at home in a 37-19 loss to the Titans. Running back James Robinson continues to be a handful out of the backfield, as he has three consecutive games with at least 78 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jacksonville outgained Tennessee 454-368 but was undone by two turnovers and one that directly led to a Titans touchdown.
When it comes to wagering on games in London, the biggest question to ask one’s self is who the more motivated team is? Getting on a long plane ride early in the week and adjusting to a vastly different time zone is not easy, and not all players get up for the game as much as they would a game on American soil. So we look for Brian Flores to get his team more ready to play than Urban Meyer will.
The Dolphins have a history of starting slow. Last year, they started 1-3 and rattled off five straight wins and seven of eight. In 2019, they started 0-7 before rallying to finish the season with five wins in their final nine games. Flores and the Dolphins have been here before, and they may get an added boost with the return of Tagovailoa.
Regarding Miami’s defensive issues, they are facing a Jacksonville team that ranks 23rd in total offense, 28th in third-down efficiency, and 31st in time of possession. Therefore, this feels like a “get right” opportunity for the Dolphins, especially if they can make the Jaguars one-dimensional by limiting James Robinson. In addition, the Jaguars have the league’s 29th-ranked scoring defense, so it should also serve as a chance for Miami’s offense to gain some confidence as well.