Joe Burrow shows respect to former SEC rival Tua Tagovailoa before his NFL debut.

Joe Burrow has praised Tua Tagovailoa, as the former LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterbacks face off in Week 4.

Week 4 is off to a great start, as Thursday Night Football will see the undefeated Miami Dolphins travel to Cincinnati to take on the reigning AFC Champions Bengals. Not only is this a potential playoff game, but it’s the first time quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have faced each other in the NFL.

Burrow, a former LSU Tigers quarterback, praised Tagovailoa, the former Alabama Crimson Tide signal caller, ahead of their game Thursday.

” He plays well. It’s exciting to see,” said Burrow, h/t ProFootballTalk. “All the quarterbacks in our draft class have played well and it’s always exciting to watch. The more talent, the better. »

Joe Burrow praises Tua Tagovailoa ahead of his first NFL game.

These two signal callers faced each other twice in college.

The first meeting was in the 2018 season, where Tagovailoa and Alabama beat Burrow and LSU 29-0. Tagovailoa completed 25 of 42 attempts for 205 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Burrow threw 18 completions for 184 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception on 35 attempts.

Their second meeting was probably the best game of the entire 2019 season. Burrow, who was on the verge of winning the Heisman Trophy playing for the historic Tigers team, beat Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide 46-41. Burrow threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns on 31 of 39 attempts. Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception on 21 of 40 completions.

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Tagovailoa was considered the best quarterback prospect in the 2020 class, but a hip injury and Burrow’s ridiculous season caused his stock to plummet. Burrow was picked first by the Bengals, while Tagovailoa was picked fifth by the Dolphins. Still, in his first two years, he didn’t match the success of Burrow and sixth pick Justin Herbert.

In his third year with the Dolphins, Tagovailoa broke out. It has an exceptional receiver duo, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and an offensive-minded head coach, Mike McDaniel. In three games, Tagovailoa completed 71.3% of his passes for 925 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

Thursday night, Burrow and Tagovailoa will face off again and we’ll see who wins. Will it be Tagovailoa who continues Miami’s undefeated season? Or Burrow bringing the Bengals back to .500?

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