LA Chargers: Getting to know Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins
By Devon Auriemma
Dolphins’ Recent Performances
Following a 1-3 start to the season, the Dolphins have won four straight games defeating the 49ers, Jets, Rams and Cardinals. They are also 2-0 since Tagovailoa took over in Week 8.
The Dolphins dominated the injured San Francisco 49ers 43-17. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers defense had no answer for Fitzmagic.
Preston Williams had four catches for 106 yards and a touchdown while Mike Gesicki added five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins defense recorded five sacks on the day as five different Dolphins were able to bring down C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo.
In Week 6, the Dolphins shutout the winless New York Jets 24-0. This was a defensive battle as Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions to Joe Flacco’s one. Neither quarterback threw for over 200 yards in this low scoring matchup. Miles Gaskin had 18 carries for 91 yards while Adam Shaheen, Preston Williams and Durham Smythe added the only touchdowns of the game for the Dolphins.
Tua Tagovailoa made his first career start in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Dolphins defense tortured Jared Goff causing him to turn the ball over four times. The Dolphins went into the half with a 28-10 lead over the Rams. Tagovailoa and the offense only registered 145 total yards on the day as their defense was able to win them this game.
This past week, the Dolphins took on Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins narrowly won this shootout 34-31. Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez coming up short on a 49-yard attempt with under two minutes left leading to the Dolphins victory.
Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns while adding 35 yards on the ground to lead the Dolphins to their fifth win on the year.
The Dolphins currently have a 5-3 record and are second in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills.