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Jets facing a desperate Dolphins team in London

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, left,

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, left, running back Zac Stacy, center, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie take part in an NFL training session at London Irish training ground in southwest London, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Credit: AP / Matt Dunham

LONDON - By no means are the Jets in "panic mode," said Brandon Marshall.

But the same can't be said for his former team.

While the Jets are building something with first-year coach Todd Bowles, the Miami Dolphins -- who face the Jets on Sunday at Wembley Stadium -- could be looking to cut bait with Joe Philbin, their coach since 2012.

The stakes certainly are high for the Dolphins, who haven't made the playoffs since 2008. Making matters worse for Philbin is that his team is 1-2 despite high-priced offseason acquisitions such as Ndamukong Suh and draft picks DeVante Parker and Jordan Phillips. And last week's 41-14 defeat at the hands of Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills -- coupled with the Dolphins' Week 2 road loss to the Jaguars -- indicated that something is amiss in Miami.

According to an report, the Dolphins' front office is considering "shaking up their coaching staff" if the team loses Sunday. And former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum -- now the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations -- will be at the center of the decision-making process.

The game between the AFC East rivals will be played in a neutral site more than 3,500 miles away from MetLife Stadium. It technically is a "home" game for Miami, which boasts a large following in the United Kingdom. But Marshall doesn't think it'll feel like a typical road game for the Jets (2-1).

"Although it's their home game, it's still not the same as playing in Miami," said the wide receiver, who played for the Dolphins from 2010-11. "It's not an advantage for us, but if I was a Dolphin player, I would be a little disappointed.''

"It's neutral," cornerback Darrelle Revis said of the location. "It can play into our hands, especially not going down to Miami and playing them . . . I can't just sit there and say it's an advantage to us. It could be an advantage for them, too, because we're not playing at MetLife Stadium. It's not a home game for us, either. It's going to be a challenge for both squads."

Like the Dolphins, the Jets have much to prove. They were flying high after a 2-0 start, but last week's 24-17 loss to the Eagles brought them back down to Earth. And as confident as they are, they said Sunday's outcome will speak volumes about who they are as a team.

"Finally, we're facing some adversity," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who committed three of their four turnovers against Philly. " . . . So I think we'll find out a lot about our team this week.''

"Division games are huge," added receiver Eric Decker, whose availability will be a game-time decision because of a knee sprain. "This will be a crucial one for us. Miami's defense is stellar. We got a challenge. It's always nice to get on the winning side of division games. That's usually the determining factor of making the playoffs or not . . . winning your division. So this is a good start for us. I think we're ready."

Playing in London puts a unique spin on a game between division rivals. "It should be exciting," Bowles said. "There will be a big crowd on hand, a lot of people. I don't know who's rooting for who yet -- we'll see how many Jets fans and Dolphins fans will be here -- but it should be an exciting game."

When a British reporter asked why English fans should root for the Jets, Bowles smiled and said: "Because they like us? We play good football, we play smart football. We have to give them a chance to root for us."

Revis said it will be "an honor" to play in front of an expected sellout crowd of 90,000 fans at Wembley. But at kickoff, it'll be all about business. "We both lost last week," he said. "It's a new week. We try to prepare the best way we can and try to beat our opponent. We'll see how the outcome is on Sunday."

Asked about the Dolphins' level of desperation, Marshall replied: "We're not in panic mode or anything, but we lost last week, too. You have two teams that are coming in and that are hungry. We don't like to lose."

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