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Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has admitted that the past week has been his toughest in the NFL.

The Dolphins signal caller has come under intense pressure after two poor performances led to back to back blowout defeats for Miami.

Tough times

After such a good start to the season with a week one 33-20 win against the New England Patriots, two defeats have followed and Tannehill knows he could lose his job if he provides another poor effort against the heavily unfancied Oakland Raiders in the NFL's International Series opener at Wembley, London, on Sunday.

"It's done [quarterback controversy] It's something we faced earlier in the week and now we're just getting ready to play and we're excited to be over in London," Tannehill told GiveMeSport.

"I would say it's probably been the most challenging week. I'm excited to play, I'm excited to be out there with my teammates again and having a shot at playing the way we know we can play.

"I don't think we've played to our potential, either myself or as a unit at all this year. So I think, not just myself, but the guys are hungry to go out there and get a win."

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Wallace combination

One of the key worries for the Dolphins and their fans is the lack of cohesion between Tannehill and star receiver Mike Wallace.

Tannehill and Wallace are only 1 of 9 on passes over 20 yards, but Tannehill feels they will connect given more time.

"It's good. We're on the same page. I think we've hit almost all the deep balls in practice over the last two weeks. He only had one last week, but he got pushed out of bounds," Tannehill continued.

"It's all depending on the game plan and how things happen in the game. It's not something we can come to in every game expecting to hit four deep balls. It's just something that comes up through the game."

Raiders challenge

Despite their poor form coming into the Raiders match-up, the Dolphins are still massive favorites to claim victory.

However, the Raiders strong showing at the Patriots last Sunday, in which they controlled Tom Brady and his offense, definitely means things won't be easy for Tannehill and his offense as the Dolphins look to bounce back.

"I respect their defense, they played really well last week [against the Patriots] so we respect them going in, but I think we have a good plan," Tannehill added.

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