Tagovailoa and the Dolphins Outlasted the Cardinals in a Tantalizing 34-31 Victory

The Miami Dolphins showed up Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona and outlasted the Arizona Cardinals by a tantalizing 34-31 victory. The Dolphins deployed a rushing game that produced 91 yards and one rushing touchdown, to go along with a total team offensive output of 312 yards. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa contributed with 248 yards and two touchdowns for the game.

Tagovailoa ended the game with 248 yards passing, to go along with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and completing 20 of 28 passes. This performance led to a 122.30 passer rating for Tagovailoa.

The ground game for the Dolphins saw Salvon Ahmed carrying the football 7 times, and Jordan Howard helping with rushing the ball 10 times. The two rushers produced 38 yards and 19 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Dolphins had Tagovailoa throwing the football to Preston Williams and DeVante Parker as his most productive targets. Williams caught four passes for a net gain of 60 yards. The secondary target (Parker) caught six passes for a net contribution of 64 yards.

With two forced fumbles, four tackles for loss and one sack , the Dolphins got just the defensive help it needed to get the win.

For the Cardinals, Kyler Murray ended the day having completed 21 of 26 passes, leading to 283 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns. His performance resulted in a QB rating of 150.50.

The Cardinals’ rushing game was led by Chase Edmonds and D.J. Foster. For the game, Edmonds carried the ball 25 times, rushed for 70 yards, and zero touchdowns. Foster supplemented and carried the ball a total of one time for a total of two yards. Meanwhile Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald caught four passes from Murray for a total of 54 yards, while Kirk contributed with 123 yards from five passes.

In a losing effort, the Cardinals defense contributed with three sacks , no forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the game.

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 5-3, while the Cardinals dropped 5-3 for the season.