Browns vs. Dolphins: 3 offensive players to watch on Miami
No. 1: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback
Coming into the season, there was plenty of chatter in regards to Tua Tagovailoa being the franchise of the Dolphins moving forward. Well, this season, despite missing more than two-and-a-half games with a concussion, he has proven to be that guy.
In seven games played this season, one of which he was injured in, Tua has thrown for 1,980 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just three interceptions, while completing 69.9 percent of his passes. He has been sensational this season and it doesn’t hurt having Hill and Waddle at his disposal.
Tua’s completion percentage ranks third in the NFL while he ranks first in yards per attempt (9.2) and passer rating (115.9). There was a lot of criticism about whether or not he could make the deep throws and this season he has shut those critics up.
The duo of Tua and head coach Mike McDaniels has been a blessing for the Dolphins and a curse for the rest of the NFL. The latter is certainly not surprised at how well his quarterback is playing. McDaniels is doing everything he can to put his star quarterback in positions to make plays and win games.
As for the Cleveland defense, Myles Garrett and the rest of the defensive line will need to be in Tua’s face early and often. That will be a bit difficult as Tagovailoa gets the ball out quickly. On Halloween night, Garrett and company were able to disrupt Joe Burrow all night long, with Garrett finishing with 1.5 sacks, He also tipped a ball at the line of scrimmage that resulted in an interception.
This will be no easy task for the defense of the Browns, but if they bring the effort they did when we last saw them play, then it could have a huge impact on whether or not Cleveland is victorious in Week 10.