Bengals Dolphins battle of backups instead of Joe Burrow-Tua rematch

Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Instead of a potential Joe Burrow rematch with Tua Tagovalioa the Cincinnati Bengals game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday will be a battle of backups.

The anticipated rematch between quarterbacks Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tua Tagovailioa of the Miami Dolphins will not take place on Sunday with both expected to be out hurt. The Bengals will definitely be missing Burrow who is out for the season with a torn ACL, MCL and more damage to his knee.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said on Wednesday morning that Tagovailoa will be evaluated as the week progresses. Tagovailoa has an injured thumb that caused him to miss the Dolphins 20-3 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Burrow and Tagovailoa had an epic game in 2019 for LSU and Alabama.

The showdown of a pair of 8-0 teams matched number one LSU against number two Alabama. Burrow had 31 completions in 39 attempts for 393 yards and three touchdowns without an interception as LSU held on late to defeat Alabama in Tuscaloosa 46-41. Tagovailoa matched Burrow but was not as efficient.

The Hawaiian native completed 21 passes in 40 attempts for 418 yards, four TDs and one interception. Burrow added 14 carries for 64 yards. Tagaovailoa had three carries for a loss of five yards and one costly fumble on the LSU eight-yardline on the opening drive. The anticipated rematch as NFL Rookies will not happen.

Instead of Burrow against Taglovailoa, the Bengals will start Brandon Allen for the second straight week. If Tagovailoa cannot go veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for Miami. Allen completed 17-29 for 136 yards, one TD and one interception in the Bengals 19-17 loss to the Washington Football team last week.

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Fitzpatrick is 4-3 as a starter for Miami this year. The former Harvard QB has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,909 yards, 12 TDs and eight interceptions this season. The luster of the Burrow Tagovailoa rematch is lost. Bengals fans might not even have a chance to see what could have been with Tagovaliloa is he out.