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A few Dolphins thoughts from London

LONDON -- The Miami Dolphins (1-2) have arrived in England to face the winless Oakland Raiders (0-3) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

ESPN.com's Dolphins blog also is overseas in London with the team. Here are some thoughts on Miami just one day away from an important game.

  • In being around Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throughout the week, it's clear that he realizes this is a huge game for him. Tannehill seemed genuinely bothered by Miami head coach Joe Philbin's noncommittal comments to Tannehill this week. That had never been an issue in Tannehill in his two-plus seasons. But after five straight mediocre games dating to last season, Tannehill is officially on the hot seat. It will be interesting to see if he responds to the adversity or goes in the tank and has another bad game.

  • It appears Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey will not reach his goal of returning to the field in Week 4 to play in London. Sunday was the target date Pouncey set for himself this summer following major hip surgery. He made the trip but is listed as doubtful on the injury report. Pouncey could benefit from the next two weeks of rest and preparation. The Dolphins will have a bye in Week 5 before returning to the field in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers.

  • Do you want proof that the Dolphins need a bye week? Consider Miami had a whopping 22 players listed on their injury report Friday. About half of those injuries are minor nicks and bruises, but the other 10-12 players could definitely use the extra time to heal. Many teams and players often do not like early byes; the Dolphins will now play 12 straight games to finish the season. But Miami is in position to take advantage.

  • I thought the team, overall, was a pretty relaxed and loose bunch. A lot of players were smiling and joking during Friday's open portion of practice. Tannehill also mentioned players performed various pranks during the long team flight. Being loose can help as long as the Dolphins had a good week of preparation.