Miami Dolphins: Awards for the first half of the 2022 season
Best Individual Performance: Tua Tagovailoa vs. Ravens:
36 for 50, 469 yards, 6 touchdowns
His game against the Lions could be argued, but it seems like this one is a clear choice.
The game against the Ravens was Tagovailoa’s official coming out party. After a disappointing first half, Tua and the offense turned on the jets and orchestrated a comeback that will go down as one of the best games of the year.
Miami erased a 35-14 deficit, and did so primarily on the shoulders of their much-maligned quarterback. Tagovailoa finished the game with 469 yards and 6 touchdowns, both easily career highs that worked wonders in shutting the mouths of the naysayers, at least for a couple of weeks. The yardage total was the highest of any quarterback for weeks until Joe Burrow’s 481 yard performance in Week 7.
Best Play: 3rd and 22, Tua to Waddle
There was the play against the Ravens during the epic comeback in which Tua Tagovailoa spun out of pressure and threw a dot to River Cracraft for a touchdown, and a few others that will be on the highlight reel come seasons end. But the best play of the season didn’t actually involve a touchdown or scoring of any kind.
During the Week 3 game against the Bills, Miami was down by 3 early in the 4th quarter and were facing a 3rd and 22 from midfield. Instead of trying to pick up 12-15 yards to get in to Jason Sanders’ field goal range, the Dolphins dialed up the deep ball. Tagovailoa hit Jaylen Waddle with an absolute dime that traveled 50 air yards and landed right in the receiver’s bread basket. It would set up the touchdown that would put Miami in the lead for good.