The Miami Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa are the real deal. While a lot of people have been focused on the Buffalo Bills being the major threats out of the AFC East this year, it’s the Dolphins who find themselves in first place and at 3-0 after three contests. Miami captured win No. 3 of the early season in style on Sunday, absolutely hammering Sean Payton and the Broncos.
This one was over early on, as Miami proved they’re in a much better spot than Denver. At the final whistle, the scoreboard read 70-20 for the Dolphins. A 70-spot on Denver? That’s exactly what happened, with Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert, Devon Achane and others putting on a show in the lopsided victory.
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Tua Tagovailoa belongs in the MVP conversation early on this season
Is it time to finally start showing the Dolphins some respect? Mostert and Achane each had four total touchdowns each, which was incredible to see. As for the play of the starting signal-caller, we’ve got to give plenty of love to Tagovailoa, who was once again brilliant for this team.
On the day, Tagovailoa tossed for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, concussions were a major worry for the left-handed QB, but he’s been able to stay healthy thus far this campaign and he’s been nothing short of sensational through the first three weeks for this squad. If Tagovailoa continues his strong play, there’s no question he will be in the MVP conversation this winter.
“I take a lot of pride in how we perform and how we do things offensively,” Tagovailoa said after the win. “I think it’s like anything else. If it’s a week one deal, you’re either Super Bowl contenders or you’re the worst team in the league. I try not to pay attention to any of that, try to talk that kind of mindset into our guys offensively to put your head down — whatever you’ve been doing with your studying, just continue to do that and stay on that course. When we go, our team goes.”
The Dolphins and Bills will face off in Week 4 in a huge showdown
Come this Sunday, Miami will head to Buffalo for a monstrous game against the Bills in Week 4. This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for Tagovailoa and the Dolphins to get some haters off their backs. With a convincing win over Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and the rest of the Buffalo playmakers, people would finally have to take Miami seriously.
However, a loss to the Bills will surely have plenty of people ready to say that Tua and others are overrated and the 3-0 start to the season was just a fluke. This is going to be a great meeting between two teams who both have what it takes to potentially win the AFC and get to the Super Bowl in February. In order for the Dolphins to have a shot in this one, they’ll need Tagavialoa to be at his best. We expect him to deliver with the pressure on him.