Reason why the Miami Dolphins will win on Sunday #4:
Tua Tagovailoa’s dominance over Patriots
Whether wins and losses should be counted as quarterback statistics is debatable. If they were, then Tua Tagovailoa deserves very little of the criticism that he is subjected to. The now third-year quarterback has a record of 13-8 as a starter, and a good portion of his victories have come against the team that the Dolphins (and the rest of the AFC East) spent two decades trying to defeat.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known for his dominance against young quarterbacks, as he and New England have had a history of stifling inexperienced throwers. But not Tagovailoa, for whatever reason, who is a perfect 3-0 against the former Evil Empire.
Like many of his statistical splits against other teams, his numbers against the Patriots don’t jump off of the page. But they’re respectable, and he knows how to get into the end zone, with 6 total touchdowns in the three contests.
This year’s version of Tua Tagovailoa will almost undoubtedly be improved, given not only his offseason training regimen but the added weapons and firepower that now surround him in Miami’s offense.
Look for Tua to improve his record against the Patriots to a perfect 4-0.