Week three in the NFL features a matchup of two undefeated teams and two quarterbacks that are itching to establish themselves as the next big power broker in the AFC East. Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa versus Buffalo Bills signal caller Josh Allen square off at Hard Rock Stadium in a potential preview of a division winner.
Tua By The Numbers
For the Dolphins, Tagovailoa under the tutelage of new head coach Mike McDaniel has Miami humming with a record of 2-0 in 2022. Tua’s stat line for this season has him throwing for 739 yards (1st), seven touchdowns (tied-first), two interceptions (tied 21st), and a QBR of 85.7 (2nd). This is a sign that much of what plagued him thus far in his NFL career may finally be a thing of the past.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Ravens, 42-38.
Tagovailoa threw 5 TD passes when the Dolphins had less than a 50% win probability, tied for the most in a game since 2016.#MIAvsBAL | #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/W038yTPTXL
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 18, 2022
In a wild one at M&T Bank Stadium, Tagovailoa shredded the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter, storming back from a 21 point deficit to lead the Dolphins to a 42-38 win. Tagovailoa impressed, throwing for 469 yards and six touchdowns. The question now is whether Miami is for real. Sunday against the Bills will answer part of that question.
Tale Of The Tape For Josh Allen
The perceived best in the AFC East, Buffalo Bills, has what could be a quarterback for the ages. If the first two games of the 2022 NFL season is any indication, Josh Allen is on deck for a level of greatness few see in this league. His numbers are impressive, and his ability to use every offensive tool at his disposal has the Bills on the brink.
In 2022, Allen has thrown for 614 yards (4th), seven touchdowns (tied-first), two interceptions (tied-21st), and a QBR of 86.8 (first). While fans in Miami are hoping what Tagovailoa and the Dolphins is more trend less blip, the Bills faithful are seeing consistency. After handily beating the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi, Allen took the Tennessee Titans to the woodshed, sending them home with a 41-7 loss. In what ended up an easy one at Orchard Park, Allen would throw for 317 yards, four touchdowns, and record zero interceptions.
.@StefonDiggs for six. 👌@Fritolay | #TENvsBUF pic.twitter.com/bGSDKoNgZr
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 20, 2022
Sunday in South Beach could be a shootout between two team’s throwing down an early marker in 2022. Look for a lot of points scored in this one, with the winner going a game up in the AFC East.
Numbers don’t lie. Tua Tagovailoa has put a little less daylight between him and Josh Allen. While one is the darling of the league, the other is making his move. The numbers tell you this is about as close as it gets.