1 Insane Number For Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa In Week 8

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The 2022 season has been a great one for Miami Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Coming into the season there were a lot of naysayers, questioning his arm strength and saying that he wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of the weapons that the front office had put around him. That has ended up being far from the truth

Tagovailoa has thrived this season with the upgraded group of skill position players surrounding him. Tyreek Hill has more receiving yards than some team’s entire wide receiver groups do through Week 8 as he had Tagovailoa have clicked since Day 1.

Last week’s game against the Detroit Lions was yet another blowup game for the duo. The Lions have arguably the worst defense in the NFL and Miami took full advantage of it, as Tagovailoa lit them up through the air.

According to PFF, the Alabama product had the highest passing grade of Week 8, registering a 96.1. No one else was particularly close to him, as the second-best mark was Geno Smith with a 91.1. Dak Prescott with a 90.3 and Jalen Hurts with an 87.7 rounded out the top four.

Tagovailoa did whatever he wanted against Detroit on Sunday afternoon. He completed 29-of-36 pass attempts for three touchdowns and zero interceptions, finishing the game with a passer rating of 138.7, which was a career-high for a single game. 19 rushing yards on five attempts were also added to round out his stat line.

12 of those completions and 188 of the yards went to Hill, while Jaylen Waddle caught eight passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time this season that the dynamic duo both surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark in the same game.

This has been a special season for Tagovailoa, as the Dolphins are 5-0 in games that he starts and completes. With him under center, they have looked like a well-oiled machine. Ahead of the trade deadline they made some moves, as the Dolphins are a team looking to go for it this season and they will remain competitive as long as Tagovailoa remains healthy.