The Miami Dolphins have improved to 6-3 on the season after a 1-3 start. This matchup had the eyes of the nation on it as the 5th overall pick squared off against the 6th overall pick. Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert were taken back to back in the first round this past April, but the game was more than just the QB play.
Miami was able to continue their hot streak with a blocked punt setting the offense at the 1 yard line. Newcomer Salvon Ahmed was able to punch it in for his first ever career touchdown. The defense held Herbert to his worst game of the season. Herbert finished 20 of 32, 187 yards, and 2 passing touchdowns. He also ran one in via a QB sneak following a miscue from Ted Karras who was unable to give Tua a good snap ultimately killing a drive.
Tua held his own and continued his steady play en route to his 3rd consecutive win and 3-0 record overall. He was less efficient than last week, throwing for 15 of 25 with 169 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. The rushing attack looked better as Ahmed nearly broke 100 yards rushing, but finished with 85 yards on 21 carries.
Jakeem Grant stepped in admirably for Preston Williams leading all receivers with 4 receptions for 43 yard and a touchdown. The Dolphins should continue to add reinforcements to the receiving corps with the implementation of Lynn Bowden and Antonio Callaway.
Miami holds the 6th seed in the playoff race and will face off against the 3-6 Denver Broncos at Mile High. The status of Drew Lock is in question, so that will be something to look at as the week progresses.