The Miami Dolphins are heading to London and head coach Brian Flores knows his team desperately needs a win.
The Dolphins currently sit with a record of 1-4 and are taking on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
A loss to fall to 1-5 not only means a long flight home, but essentially wipes away any hopes of making a postseason run.
The problem for the Dolphins has been the absence of Tua Tagovailoa since early in Week 2.
He suffered fractured ribs and has been out ever since, leaving Jacoby Brissett in the starting role.
The Dolphins see Tagovailoa as their top option and Flores has revealed some positive news for fans Friday morning.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 15, 2021
It is the Tua show if everything feels well Sunday.
Dolphins Determining Their Future
Tagovailoa was drafted to be the franchise man for the Dolphins.
However, his rib injury slowed any possible ascent to begin the 2021 season.
Returning in Week 6 against a winless Jaguars team is arguably the best-case scenario.
He can ease back into action against a weak team and can also ignite the offense and prove to his teammates their season is nowhere near over.
Of course, that all depends on him playing well and actually leading the team to victory.
It is hard to even cite stats with the southpaw quarterback because of his general inexperience at the NFL level.
He is basically getting a fresh start upon his return, given he is healthy and ready to play.
A Must-Win On Both Sides
The Dolphins are desperate for a win, but so are Urban Meyer and the Jaguars.
So the fans in London should be in for a great show given just how much both teams need this game.
More Tua throws on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/HyyGlhkOnI
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) October 14, 2021
Flores doesn’t want his team to regress in 2021, while Meyer just needs a win to slowly move on from all his personal drama that has become a major distraction to his team.
While having Tagovailoa back is a huge boost for Miami, Trevor Lawrence has been starting to heat up for Jacksonville.
The latter is also not coming off an injury.
Dolphins fans are waiting patiently to see if Tagovailoa can indeed suit up.
If he does and plays poorly, the organization has more questions than answers while we are still early in the season.