Tua Tagovailoa are leading 2-0 as the NFL’s starting midfielder, and with a second win, the former Alabama-American has won his prize.
On November 1, Tagovailoa completed 12 of 22 93-yard passes with one touch and were not intercepted in Miami Dolphins’ 28-17 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Dolphins’ defense has given four lessons and one encounter and Miami netted a TD in their return punt against Los Angeles.
On Sunday, Tagovailoa completed 20 of 28 248-yard passes with two touches and no interception and ran seven times in 35 yards in a 34-31win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Dolphins manager Brian Flores said: “He created a lot of great plays for us, especially slowing down when we needed it.” “It’s a game of reciprocity. They acted; we acted. The stage wasn’t too big for him tonight. He’s playing well, but we have a lot of good players – attacking, deep, finishing. Everyone has contributed. It was a team victory. We played really on all three sides of the ball, and that’s what you need to win such a match against such an opponent. “
Tagovailoa threw a 9-yard touchdown to wide receiver Preston Williams with 10:18 remaining in the first half as the Dolphins took a 21-14 lead with an eight, 80 yard play.
Tagovailoa sent an 11-yard touch to Mack Hollins tightly ending, leaving 11:19 to play as Miami equalized 31-31, for the fourth time the score was tied. Dolphins moved 93 yards in 10 turns to get tie TD.
In the pre-match match, Tagovailoa had a 17-yard scramble, and earlier in the race he ran 6 yards on his third and fourth shot from the 28-yard line in Miami.
Tagovailoa’s second NFL start comes eight days after the one-year anniversary of his last game in Alabama, when he dislocated and broke his back wall in a match against the SEC against Mississippi State.
“I think the Dolphins organization with (coach) Kyle Johnson and everyone from the medical staff,” said Tagovailoa, “if they feel they will put me in a bad position if I have to run. hide and be okay, I don’t think they’ll let me out there and play. Knowing that it would be like that, even myself, I was confident that I could go out there and if I needed to play with my feet, I would. But that’s probably the slowest I’ve ever felt. Oh my goodness, I feel like I’m running in quicksand ”.
With a 31-31 draw, Tagovailoa took the shots at 19 and 9 yards before Jason Sanders hit the net at 50 yards with 3:30 remaining.
“I think the biggest thing during the game is getting what the defense has given us,” said Tagovailoa. “And only play once, quickly for a while.”
Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez missed the effort to score at 49 yards with 1:53 to play, and Miami timed out, with Tagovailoa converting a third and 1 stealth shot in a midfield stealth with 50 seconds to play.
Dolphins won despite the efforts of Cardinals winger Kyler Murray, the only player to have finished against Tagovailoa in the 2018 Heisman Trophy vote. Murray completed 21 of 26 283-yard passes. with 3 touches and no interception, running 106 yards and 1 touch 11 times. He became the first player in NFL history to lose a match while having a pass efficiency index greater than 150 on at least 25 passes. Murray also became the first NFL player to reach total yardage for passing and rushing forward and running and throwing for touches in the same game.
TAGOVAILOA AND KYLER MURRAY: ‘NOTHING BUT GOOD TIME’
“That was wonderful,” said Tagovailoa. “I think it’s fun for the fans, not just us playing. But I think with that, you know what you get when it comes to Kyler. You will get great plays on their ball. … I think he could be the fastest winger in the NFL right now. “
With the first 4 wins since the 2016 season, Dolphins has improved to 5-3. Miami hosted the Los Angeles Chargers at 3:25 p.m. CST on November 15 in the next match.
“I can say it’s a lot better from the Rams game,” says Tagovailoa. “But we’ll enjoy it and come on Monday, or tomorrow we might watch the movie together. We’ll see what we can learn from and keep working. “
Tagovailoa became the 25th midfielder in NFL history with at least 248 passes and two TD passes that were not intercepted in his second NFL start. The list started with Bob Lee of Minnesota Vikings in 1970 and most recently added Joe Burrow of Cincinnati Bengals on September 17.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter now Ark AMarkG1.