Tua Tagovailoa (left) and Tyreek Hill

Tua Tagovailoa (remaining) and Tyreek Hill
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Week 4 of the year begins off with the struggle of shock teams. Last yr the Cincinnati Bengals stunned the league and took that momentum all the way to the Super Bowl. As a result of a few months in 2022, the Miami Dolphins acquire that crown as they are 3- with a massive victory around this year’s Tremendous Bowl favorites, the Buffalo Expenses. This showdown in Cincy need to be yet another thriller for a lot of good reasons.

Generally, in a matchup where both equally teams characteristic quarterbacks that were the two taken in the very same draft, which is wherever all the notice is directed. Nevertheless, people are conversing about the wide receiver vs. cornerback matchups this time. Most notably Tyreek Hill from Eli Apple. These two have been talking smack given that past time when the Bengals conquer the Kansas City Chiefs two times in just a couple months.

Apple is known for functioning his mouth, but soon after Cincinnati’s earn about Hill and the Chiefs in the AFC championship video game, it is been taken to one more degree. It doesn’t issue exactly where Hill plays he owes Apple following past year. Hill mentioned as a great deal to the media as he reduce a professional wrestling model promo sporting his “Macho Man” Randy Savage sun shades.

Of program, the semi-principal party is the QB matchup involving Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Burrow was the No. 1 overall decide on in the 2020 draft, with Tua going 4 picks later at No. 5. Mainly because of that, they’ll without end be in contrast to a person yet another. More than the initial two several years of their occupations, Burrow’s productivity gave him the edge, mainly dependent on the Bengals’ Super Bowl run final period. Despite the fact that Burrow was sacked more than any other QB past year, Cincy figured out a profitable system and practically took house a Lombardi trophy.

So far this year, it’s been a distinctive tale as Tagovailoa has been on hearth for the undefeated Dolphins. The gap in between the two is receiving smaller. Apart from Week 1, Burrow hasn’t been poor and even threw 3 touchdowns in the Bengals’ initial get of the calendar year last 7 days around the lowly Jets. Burrow is back on keep track of, despite the fact that he’s frequently getting much too quite a few sacks he’s presently tied for the guide all over again this yr.

For Tua, it’s like he stepped into a entire new globe this year. He has a new head mentor specializing in offense and numerous weapons that includes an All-Professional wideout in Hill. Tua finished his 1st two seasons with a QBR under 50, which is deemed average. By means of his to start with three games in ‘22, Tua has posted a QBR of 82.8. Although it is a tiny sample dimension, that is obviously phenomenal. You’d really like to see Tagovailoa continue to keep this likely all 12 months but so far, so fantastic. The head-to-head matchup between these young QBs will be talked about endlessly in the course of the telecast of this match. Really don’t ignore, you are going to will need Amazon Prime to catch it.

One thing else to enjoy for in this recreation will be the Bengals’ protection and how they protect the deep ball. When Hill was traded to Miami in the offseason, there was issue about Tua having a sturdy adequate arm to get the ball to him downfield. Welp, the Dolphins, have erased any stress that any of us experienced about that. They’re tied for the league direct in 40+ lawn receptions with five. This Dolphins offense also has 11 receptions of 20 yards or extra which is just two off the league lead. The staff/Tua is second in passing yards with 925 and tied for 3rd in TD receptions.

With Cincy, it will be the same things it’s often been. Safeguard Joe Burrow. Having the floor video game going is also crucial, but the extra time Burrow can have with no defenders close to him, the superior. That seems evident, but Cincy has not performed a terrific job of executing this so much. Last 7 days Burrow was sacked only two instances, and they won the match. In the very first two game titles from the Steelers and Cowboys, Burrow was sacked 13 moments — 7 occasions towards Pittsburgh and six towards Dallas.

This video game should be entertaining, with two of the finest QB-WR duos in the NFL facing off in Tua-Hill vs. Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase. There should really be a lot of scoring for those who appreciate that kind of excitement. Miami ought to win a near match and get to Burrow enough situations to negate him and Chase.