75 Days After Concussion Crisis, Tua Tagovailoa Faces Acid Test From 24 YO QB in Clash of the Titans

Published 12/11/2022, 3:37 PM EST

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Just over two months ago, Tua Tagovailoa faced a career-ending injury scare. But he has bounced back from it to be a contender for the MVP award this season. And on Sunday, he faces a stern test against another promising young QB, whom he edged out in the 2020 NFL draft. Yes, it is the second career clash between Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert.

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The Miami Dolphins take on the Los Angeles Chargers who, for the most part, are fighting to keep their season alive. And it promises to be a breathtaking clash.

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Tua Tagovailoa gears up for an acid test

Tua Tagovailoa has seen his career take off this season. The Dolphins QB has put up some great performances and is one of the names for the MVP this season. But on Sunday, he faces a familiar foe. A rival that he edged out by one pick in the 2020 NFL draft. It’s time for Tua Tagovailoa vs Justin Herbert.

The Dolphins picked Tagovailoa fifth in the first round of the draft two and a half seasons ago. The Chargers picked Herbert sixth that year. But both have had contrasting careers so far. While Tagovailoa struggled for the most part in the first two seasons in the NFL, Herbert took to the league as a fish takes to water. But a lot has changed this season.

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The Chargers have had a lot of injuries and are struggling to keep their season alive in Week 14. But the Dolphins look set to make it to the playoffs on the back of Tagovailoa’s MVP-worthy performances. Tagovailoa and the Dolphins prevailed the last time these two met in the league. But with the season on the line, one can expect Herbert and the Chargers to play out of their skin.

It has been a contrasting season 

Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert have had a contrasting season till this point. Tagovailoa has shed the ghosts of his first two seasons to emerge as a promising QB for the Dolphins, while Herbert for the most part has seen his season hampered by injuries.

Tagovailoa has played 10 games out of the twelve for the Dolphins and won eight of them. He has thrown 2,859 yards of passing in those games with 21 touchdown passes. The Dolphins QB has also thrown just five interceptions so far this season. The Dolphins lost both the games they played without Tagovailoa.

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Herbert, on the other hand, has played all his team’s games. And he has a par record of 6-6 in a season with multiple injuries to his squad members.

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So, who will come out on top in this clash of the titans?

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Written by:

Shivam Pratap Singh

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Shivam Pratap Singh originally hails from Punjab, India. After completing his Master's degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, he joined the world of media with a stint at Opoyi. While he was there, he started to follow the NFL.
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Deepika Bhaduri

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