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LA Chargers: Getting to know Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Hard Rock Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Hard Rock Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Notable Stats

The Dolphins offense has been below average to start the 2020 season. While they are tied for the ninth-most points per game in the league, they are in the bottom 10 in passing yards per game and have the fourth least rushing yards per game.

Since Tagovailoa took over in Week 8, the Dolphins have gone on to score 62 points. However, three of their touchdowns over the last two weeks have been recorded by their defense or special teams. With Tua now being the team’s starting quarterback, they hope he can help their offense be more productive.

The main reason for the Dolphins’ success through eight games has been their defense. They have the 12th most sacks in the league with 20. Leading the way on defense is Emmanuel Ogbah who leads the team with seven sacks, which is tied for the fifth-most in the NFL.

They are allowing the eighth-lowest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks and are tied for the fourth-best turnover differential in the league as they are +5 in that category. The Dolphins are giving up the fourth least amount of points per game as well.

Their offense hasn’t been putting up incredible numbers, but their defense has been providing them with great field position leading to quick scores and has also returned two fumbles for a touchdown this year.

Dolphins’ kicker Jason Sanders has been one of the best in the league at the halfway point. Sanders is a perfect 17/17 on field goal attempts. His season-long is 56 yards and he is 4-4 on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards. He has also not missed an extra point attempt. Sanders has been automatic and has the leg to consistently hit from deep distances.

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