Brian Flores Confirms Tua Tagovailoa Will Start for the Miami Dolphins in Week 17

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December 27, 2020 5:55 pm

Brian Flores-led Miami Dolphins missed out on the AFC East title this season. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills made their way to their first divisional title since 1996. However, they were determined to bag a win in Week 16 as they went up against Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders. The Dolphins made their way to a narrow one-point win over the Raiders last night. They are second in the AFC East with a 10-5 record after beating their opponents last night. But things could have gone differently had Dolphins backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick not stepped in to replace Tua Tagovailoa in the middle.

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Tua Tagovailoa will keep his place in the Miami Dolphins starting lineup

The Dolphins are now on a two-game winning streak at the moment. They were lucky to walk away with a win on the weekend despite the Raiders’ best efforts to keep them out of the Endzone. But for Dolphins rookie, Tua Tagovailoa, it was a game to forget.

The former University of Alabama product was struggling in the middle at the Allegiant Stadium on Saturday. Tagovailoa went 17 of 22, throwing for 94 yards with one passing touchdown to his name. But he was replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who put in a stunning display to guide the visitors to a morale-boosting win.

The 38-year old quarterback came in when the Dolphins were trailing 16-13. He went on to complete 9 of his 13 attempted passes. He threw for 182 yards and also registered a passing touchdown to hand his team a win.

But despite his heroics in Week 16, Dolphins HC Brian Flores maintained that Tua is the undisputed first-choice starter in Miami. The 2020 fifth-overall draft pick will keep his position in the starting line-up when the Dolphins play AFC East rivals Buffalo Bills next weekend.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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