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The last time the Ravens faced the Dolphins was in 2019 when Lamar Jackson broke out as a solid passer. He famously said in his post-game interview, “Not bad for a running back”, after throwing five touchdowns in the season-opener. He had been known for his legs and that game proved he had more to give than just his running skills.
It was up to Miami’s defense to step up and try to contain the MVP on Thursday night. The Dolphins entered into last night’s contest sixth-worst against quarterbacks, 15th-worst against running backs, third-worst against wide receivers, and 14th-worst against tight ends.
It was a tough call for Miami, but it was one they answered well beyond expectations.
Brissett and Tagovailoa Both See Action
The murmurs have already been circulating about the durability of Tua Tagovailoa and whether or not the Dolphins would (or should) make the switch in the off-season to DeShawn Watson. Despite the narrative throughout the season, specifically leading up to the trade deadline, Tagovailoa handled the situation with dignity and poise. Nevertheless, Tagovailoa was dealing with an injury to his throwing hand and Jacoby Brissett got the nod at quarterback.
All the Ravens defense had to do was contain the wilted Dolphins offense with Brissett under center and let their offense do the work. Baltimore’s defense did their job keeping Miami anemic. That was until Brissett was sacked and looked seriously hurt. Tagovailoa came in as the backup and they stuck with him for the rest of the game.
Despite ending with 22 points, neither Brissett nor Tagovailoa lit up the scoreboard. They also didn’t get in the way. Brissett logged 11 completions on 23 attempts for 158 yards while Tagovailoa threw eight completions on 13 attempts…