The debate between Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert was settled on the field with the Chargers quarterback outdueling the Dolphins star.
All week, NFL talking heads and fans debated over which quarterback had the edge in Sunday Night Football’s battle between the Chargers and Dolphins.
Justin Herbert has already been established as one of the premiere young quarterback talents in the league, but winning hasn’t come easy.
Tua Tagovailoa overcame injury to emerge as an unexpected MVP candidate with the Dolphins on the rise, but doubters remained.
So who would make their statement and win the battle of 2020 NFL Draft quarterbacks?
It was Herbert. Big.
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Tagovailoa had a miserable game passing against the Chargers completing just 10 of his 28 passes. He finished with 145 yards, 60 of which came on his touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Herbert was a stud. He was 39-of-51 for 367 yards and a touchdown. He completed passes he had no business completing and led his team to victory.
The game certainly wasn’t as close as the 23-17 score would suggest. The Chargers scored 17 points in the second quarter to pull ahead. Hill’s freak fumble recovery and return for a 57-yard touchdown was the only thing that kept the Dolphins in the game.
Despite LA dominating proceedings, Miami made it close in the thanks to the aforementioned Hill touchdown catch. Two Cameron Dicker field goals kept the Chargers out in front in the end.
This was the Dolphins second-straight loss after having their five-game winning streak snapped. Earlier this season they had a three-game streak snapped and went on to lose three in a row. They’ll look to avoid that same fate on Saturday against the Bills in Buffalo, but it’ll be tough.
The Chargers also face a test next week against the Titans.