Is Tua an MVP candidate?

Is Tua a legit MVP candidate?

By: James Parker

Sunday’s fourth-quarter comeback by Tua Tagovailoa against the Baltimore Ravens should silence any NFL fans that doubt wether he’s the franchise QB.

There has been much discussion over Miami Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa since he joined the league last year. Some said he would never be a true QB1, while others thought he could lead the franchise for years to come and become one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

Dolphins Sink Ravens

Well last Sunday, Tua left every ounce of sweat he had on the gridiron, with one of the most incredible, inspiring quarterback displays seen in recent years.

The Ravens had established a 35-14 lead entering the fourth quarter against the Dolphins, with quarterback Lamar Jackson becoming the first player to have a 75-yard passing touchdown and 75-yard rushing touchdown in the same game. The Dolphins looked like they would be facing defeat until Tua started throwing bombs in the fourth quarter, throwing four touchdown passes and throwing for 189 yards to lead Miami to the unlikeliest of comebacks.

Tua finished the game with 419 passing yards and six touchdowns. Star wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, had 190 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while fellow receiver Jaylen Waddle finished with over 170 receiving yards and also two touchdowns. Many fans, experts, and players (including Hill himself) could only describe Tua’s superhuman display as something out of the Madden computer game. And with that, the Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to have a quarterback record at least 400 passing yards and five touchdowns, who also had two teammates each with over 170 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

MVP Candidate?

Tua and the Dolphins seem to have something special this season. By adding ‘The Cheetah’ Tyreek Hill to their wide receiver unit, the Dolphins have put together a number of tools at Tua’s disposal. And Sunday demonstrated exactly how good Tua could be and how far this team could go.

Tua tied a Dolphins single-game record with his six touchdowns, which had previously been accomplished by Pro Football Hall of Famers, Bob Griese, and Dan Marino. Not only that, Tua’s 469 passing yards were the fourth most in the Miami team’s history and only the franchise’s fifth example of over 450 passing yards. Maybe even more impressive is that of those five instances, four were previously delivered by Dan Marino, so Tua is only the second quarterback to achieve this impressive statistic in history.

As we are only entering the third week of the season, there is a lot of football yet to be played, and some strong matchups to challenge Tua and the Dolphins. But after Sunday’s performance, confidence is high and if Tua can continue to show what he can do, using the talent around him, then surely Tua could be in with a chance of this season’s MVP?

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