Tua Tagovailoa Dazzles as Dolphins Win Fourth Straight
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has begun to find his rhythm in the NFL as of late. Tagovailoa completed 27-of-31 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Dolphins 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Miami has now won four straight games to improve to 5-7 and immediately find themselves back in the playoff picture.
The former Alabama quarterback became the fourth quarterback since 1950 to complete 80% of his passes in back-to-back games with a minimum of 30 pass attempts in each game.
“We look like the team that we kind of wanted to be at the beginning of this year,” said Tagovailoa. “You know, it looked like a lot of guys went out there confident knowing what to expect offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. I would say this is the best that we’ve played complementary football yet, but there’s still some plays that were left out there on the field that we can fix. I just think it’s everyone in there just not listening to the outside noise, just believing in one another and really just zoning in and playing football that we know we can play. It’s playing complementary football.”
Jaylen Waddle hauled in nine receptions for a career-high 137 yards and one touchdown. It was his first 100-yard receiving game of his career. Tagovailoa connected with Waddle for a nine-yard score in the second quarter to give Miami a 14-7 lead. The former Alabama teammates also connected for a 57-yard completion, the longest gain of Waddle’s career.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores talked about the Tagovailoa-to-Waddle in his postgame presser. “I think we worked at it and worked at it and worked at it,” and we’ve been able to string some good weeks together from a practice standpoint, and you’re seeing that show up in the game.”
Miami has a favorable schedule coming up, they face the New York Giants, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints over the next three weeks.