The Miami Dolphins have made a strong statement in the 2023 NFL season with their dominant offensive performance in Week 3. The Dolphins scored a whopping 70 points against the Denver Broncos, breaking several records and establishing themselves as one of the best offenses in the league.
Tua Tagovailoa Leads the Way with Four Touchdown Passes
The Dolphins’ quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, continued his hot start to the season, completing 29 of 33 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Tagovailoa showed his accuracy, poise, and decision-making skills, as he spread the ball to eight different receivers and avoided any turnovers. Tagovailoa has now thrown for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three games, leading the league in passer rating with 143.7.
Tagovailoa’s favorite target was Tyreek Hill, who had a monster game with nine catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. Hill displayed his blazing speed and elusiveness, as he burned the Broncos’ secondary with several big plays. Hill is also leading the league in receiving yards with 453, averaging 19.7 yards per catch.
Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane Run Wild on the Ground
The Dolphins’ passing game was not the only thing that torched the Broncos’ defense. The Dolphins’ running game was equally impressive, as they racked up 417 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries. The Dolphins’ backfield duo of Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane combined for 285 yards and seven touchdowns, four on the ground and three through the air.
Mostert, who was acquired from the 49ers in the offseason, had 82 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, as well as seven catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Mostert showed his versatility and explosiveness, as he scored on runs of 12, 15, and 18 yards, and a 17-yard screen pass.
Achane, who was drafted in the fourth round out of Texas A&M, had a breakout game with 203 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, as well as four catches for 30 yards and two touchdowns. Achane displayed his vision, power, and breakaway speed, as he scored on runs of 65 and 73 yards, and a 12-yard swing pass.
Dolphins Set Multiple Records with 70-Point Outburst
The Dolphins’ 70-point performance was not only impressive, but also historic. The Dolphins became the fourth team in NFL history to score 70 points in a game, and the first since the Washington football team did it in 1966. The Dolphins also set a new NFL record with 726 total yards of offense, surpassing the previous mark of 722 yards by the 1951 Rams. The Dolphins are also the first team in history to have five rushing and five passing touchdowns in a game.
With 130 points through three weeks, the Dolphins are second all-time on the overall scoring list through three weeks, behind only the 1968 Cowboys, and ahead of the 2013 Broncos, who are currently on the podium for the greatest offense of all time.
The Dolphins have shown that they are not only a contender in the AFC, but also a potential juggernaut on offense. With Tagovailoa, Hill, Mostert, Achane, and a talented supporting cast, the Dolphins have the firepower to challenge any defense in the league. The Dolphins will look to keep their momentum going in Week 4, when they face the Raiders in Las Vegas.