Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game at Wembley Stadium will be important for both AFC East teams. The Dolphins are 1-2 after winning their opener. The Jets are 2-1, but lost their last game.
"Coming off two tough losses where we didn't play well, it's a big game," Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Friday. "We're not happy about how we played. We understand that we have to play better."
Sunday's game, the 12th to be played in London, will be the first to feature division rivals. That adds some extra interest and some extra intensity, especially for the "host" Dolphins, who played in London last year as the "away" team and beat the Oakland Raiders 38-14.
But more important than the venue is getting the team playing the right way.
"We've talked a lot about playing a 60-minute football game, which we really haven't done up to this point and time," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "We've talked a lot about making first downs and having balance and rhythm on offense."
The defense is also an issue. The Dolphins rank next to last in run defense and last with only one sack in 94 pass plays. And that's with Ndamukong Suh in the team.
Suh, the highest-paid defensive player in league history, has seven tackles so far, but no sacks.
"It's going to be a key game for us to come out and get started fast, how we want to play, which we haven't done the past couple games," Tannehill said.
The Dolphins did that last season, though, beating the "host" Raiders easily in the first of last year's three NFL games in London.
"Last year, I came out of the tunnel and everyone was holding Oakland Raiders signs. I thought, 'There's a lot of Raiders fans here,'" Tannehill remembered. "Hopefully this year they say Dolphins."