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Are Dolphins a Super Bowl contender? How Tua and 2-0 Miami measure up for ultimate gauge against Bills

When was the last time the Miami Dolphins had a truly fun, leave-you-sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of offense? The answer is probably sometime prior to the 21st century in the era of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (1983-1999). The 2001 Dolphins, led by head coach Dave Wannstedt, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and quarterback Jay Fiedler, did average 21.5 points per game, good for the eighth most in the NFL, but that figure would’ve ranked as the 19th-ranked scoring offense in the 2021 season. 

In 2022, with first-year head coach Mike McDaniel leading quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, the fireworks are undoubtedly back for the 2-0 Dolphins. Trailing by 21 points (35-14) in the fourth quarter on the road against the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday, Miami was staring down a situation in which NFL teams had lost their last 711 games, the equivalent of 41 straight seasons of not overcoming a three-touchdown, fourth quarter deficit. 

Tagovailoa — after completing 23 of 33 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the first three quarters — turned into a futuristic Marino for a quarter, completing 13 of his final 17 passes for 199 yards, four touchdowns (tied for the most in the fourth quarter of a game in NFL history), and no interceptions. He threw his final pass to Waddle for a seven-yard touchdown with 14 seconds remaining to ice the victory. Finishing with career-highs in completion percentage (72 percent, 36-50), passing yards (469), passing touchdowns (6) and passer rating (121.4), he won his first career AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. 

His performance was the 10th game in NFL history with a quarterback having 450 or more passing yards and six or more passing touchdowns, the first since Patrick Mahomes did so in 2018. The six passing touchdowns also tied the Dolphins franchise record, one Tagovailoa…


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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2022-09-23 17:57:56

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