Did Tua get hurt?
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a rib injury in Sunday's 35-0 shutout loss to the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa will have an MRI on Monday, according to NFL Network. Initial X-rays on the injury were negative, according to multiple reports. Tagovailoa went down after being hit hard by the Bills' A.J. The AthleticDolphins' Tua Tagovailoa suffered rib injury in shutout loss to Bills
Now, the attention turns to Week 3 when the Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at 1:05 p.m. PT Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
Let’s take a quick early look at the Dolphins:
Last year: The Dolphins won a wild game 26-25 at Allegiant Stadium in Week 16. But these are different Dolphins and Raiders teams.
Tough week: The Dolphins ere embarrassed by Buffalo at home and looked completely outclassed on both sides of the ball. On paper, this game looks like the easiest of the Raiders’ first three games.
QB watch: Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a ribs injury. So, the Raiders may face Jacoby Brissett in this game.
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Buffalo Bills 35 - Miami Dolphins 0
New England Patriots 25 - New York Jets 6
Sunday’s matchup was ugly from Miami’s perspective, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The team’s defense actually played rather well for most of the contest, and many individual defenders graded well, per PFF, but an endless supply of unforced errors by the offense throughout the game gave the Dolphins no shot. Fumbles, penalties, and dropped passes gave Buffalo more opportunities than they needed to put the game away. The most jarring realization was how poor Miami was at protecting the quarterback, no matter who was under center. Jacoby Brissett, who came in for an injured Tua in the first quarter, was pressured on a whopping seventy percent of his passes, per PFF.
Buffalo, despite the team’s frustrating Week 1 loss, is clearly still the most talented team in the division. Josh Allen was protected well, Devin Singletary found space on the ground, and the Bills’ defensive playmakers roamed free in Miami’s backfield. It’s still very early in the season, but Miami needs to find fast fixes if it still hopes to push Buffalo for the division crown by the season’s end.
Tua never had a chance. He took shot after shot through Miami’s first couple of drives and left the contest predictably bruised and battered. Forget notions of being injury prone; Jacoby Brissett got up slowly several times throughout the contest too. That’s what happens when pass protections break down at a historic rate.
As it stands now, Miami’s starting quarterback escaped a major injury has a chance to suit up in Week 3 against a Las Vegas Raiders team that has started the season firing on all cylinders. Per head coach Brian Flores, Tua was pushing to come back on Sunday, but was held out by the medical and coaching staffs. Flores said that if Tua can manage the pain, he’ll be out there against Las Vegas. If not, expect Jacoby Brissett to take the reins with practice squad quarterback Reid Sinnett backing him up.
We all know about Bilichick’s reputation for making life difficult on rookie quarterbacks. Week 2 was no exception. Wilson and the Jets offense managed just six points, and the rookie signal caller threw four interceptions en route to a deflating loss that showed just how different the NFL is from Wilson’s days at Brigham Young University. Through two contests, Gang Green’s rookie has displayed flashes of the playmaking brilliance that had Jets fans salivating when the team drafted him with the second overall pick back in April, but the mistakes have shown up in droves as well.
Clearly, it’s going to take time for Wilson to settle in, but that’s to be expected. Justin Herbert-type rookie seasons don’t come around very often, and NFL fandom was spoiled by the Los Angeles Chargers’ QB’s short learning curve last year. Wilson will likely come around. He just needs some time to marinate.
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The Dolphins enter this matchup 1-1 against the spread in 2021, while the Raiders are unbeaten straight up and ATS. That said, the Raiders are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as the betting favorite. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a road underdog. The Dolphins are also 5-1-1 in their last seven against the Raiders.
As far as the game total goes, this is one of the lowest on the board in Week 3 — and that’s for a good reason. The Dolphins have scored just 17 points through two games, and the under cashed in both. For the Raiders, the over and the under have each cashed once in 2021. However, it’s the over that has been cashing most frequently for the Raiders. The over is 5-0 in the Raiders’ last five home games and has cashed in six of the Raiders’ last seven contests overall.
The Dolphins enter Week 3 reeling after getting destroyed at home by the Buffalo Bills last week. While losing 35-0 is bad enough, they also saw their second-year quarterback get knocked out of the game in the first quarter. It’s unknown at this point if Tagovailoa will play on Sunday. Reports indicate his X-rays were negative, and additional tests showed no major issues. It will likely come down to how Tua’s pain subsides as the week progresses and how functional he can be on Sunday.
Of course, it might not matter who is under center if Miami’s offensive line does not improve dramatically. The unit allowed a whopping 11 quarterback hits last week alone. Now, they face a Las Vegas defense that has accumulated 5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in two games. Miami must attempt to contain pass rusher Maxx Crosby, who has tallied 2 sacks and 10 quarterback hits while leading the NFL with 16 QB pressures.
Despite surrendering 35 points, the Dolphins’ defense actually played relatively well. They held Josh Allen to just 179 passing yards, gave up only 314 total yards to Buffalo (4.9 yards per play), and forced 2 turnovers. In fact, Miami is still inside the top 10 in yards allowed per play (5.3) and takeaways per game (2). But they will be tested mightily by the surprisingly strong Las Vegas offense.
The Raiders enter Week 3 averaging 6.4 yards per play and 29.5 points per game, both of which are top-10 figures in the NFL. Quarterback Derek Carr is coming off one of the most impressive performances of his career, throwing for 382 yards and 2 touchdowns on the road in Pittsburgh against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Where Las Vegas has struggled, however, has been running the football. The Raiders rank among the NFL’s worst in yards per rush (2.9) and rushing yards per game (67).
That’s good news for Miami, which has had trouble stopping the run in 2021. But it’s hard to see how the Dolphins will move the ball with any consistency against a Raiders defense that can get after the passer as well as any team. Whether it’s Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett under center, I suspect it will be another long day for the Miami offense.
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