Since being drafted fifth overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 NFL Draft, starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is *0-3 against the Buffalo Bills.
And yes I have an asterisk because Jesse Davis is responsible for the QB1 who took a vicious hit early last season which knocked him out. Blaming Tua for that loss when he has played two sets is not fair. But that doesn’t matter; he hasn’t beaten the Bills since arriving in Miami.
Worse still, the Dolphins have beaten Josh Allen only once since his AFC East reign began in 2018. Allen is 7-1 against Miami – that win came on Dec. 2, 2018, when Josh Allen nearly completed a one-minute final pass that fell just short of tight end Charles Clay in the end zone.
It’s been terrible for the Dolphins against the Bills for the last five or six seasons.
But the tables are starting to turn under the new regime in Miami. (IMO)
Last week, Tua Tagovailoa set the world on fire, throwing for 469 yards and six touchdowns. We only dreamed it would happen under head coach Brian Flores and his three-headed monster of an offensive coaching staff. Heck, I still remember Godsey’s face when Tagovailoa connected on a deep ball in last season’s only game. It’s becoming the new normal in Miami under offensive mastermind Mike McDaniel.
Tua looked impressive after two weeks, leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns. In year three, Tagovailoa appears to be taking the next step, similar to what Josh Allen did in his third year after the team traded for Stefon Diggs. Of course, Allen is an elite quarterback, so please don’t act like I’m comparing the two. Not yet anyway. But it’s crazy what a player can do when he doesn’t have a head coach who looks down on him or talented players who might have been better suited for the XFL.
But unfortunately, none of that matters.
Because if the Dolphins want to compete in the AFC, they have to start competing against the Buffalo Bills for AFC East supremacy. Buffalo is the early favorite to win the Super Bowl. The consensus pick to win the conference, but what if they’re not even the best team in the AFC East?
Today, Tagovailoa has the chance to rewrite history.
To put that season-ending loss from 2020 when he threw three interceptions behind him.
Or even last year when he went 21/39 for 205 yards and a pick. Tagovailoa knows he can play better. He showed us last week that he could play much better than even some of his most beloved fans ever imagined.
Now today, against a battered Buffalo Bills defense, he’s showing everyone who he is. really is.
A franchise quarterback who can take on the best of them.
First, it was New England Patriots QB Mac Jones. Then the super-talented Lamar Jackson. And now Chris Collinsworth’s favorite player and one of the top 3 quarterbacks in all of football, Josh Allen.
It’s time for Tua Tagovailoa to do what we all knew he could do. #LetTuaCook
(PS We also really need the defense to step up, but this article was about Tua.)
What do you think of today’s game against the Buffalo Bills? Do you think Tua will have an encore performance? What is your prediction for today’s game? Let us know in the comments section below!