I mean wow… We just saw the Miami Dolphins demolish the Denver Broncos 70-20 in Week 3 of the 2023-24 NFL season by becoming just the third team in NFL history to score 70 or more points in a regular season game by scoring 70 points on Sunday per StatsMuse.
The formerly known Washington Redskins (now Commanders) hold the record with the most in a single game with 72 in a 72-41 rout over the New York Giants on November 27, 1966, where they scored 10 touchdowns just like the Dolphins produced on Sunday.
The other team to record 70 points in a game was the Los Angeles Rams over the formerly known Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts) in a 70-27 demolition on October 22, 1950.
Those are the only three teams that have accomplished such a remarkable feat.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been proving the doubters wrong thus far this season for the 3-0 Dolphins by having another fantastic game throwing for 309 yards on 23-of-26 completions for four touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill who was astounding in his own right with nine receptions for 157 yards and had the opening touchdown drive off a little slant route he returned to the endzone.
The Dolphins put on this offensive masterpiece without one of their best receivers Jaylen Waddle (concussion) which made it even more outstanding.
Dolphins running backs Devon Achane (203 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Raheem Mostert (82 yards, 3 touchdowns) combined for nearly 300 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a tandem. Talk about dominance!
Through the season's first three weeks, the Dolphins have defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, and Broncos.
The Dolphins are currently the most electrifying offense in the league averaging 550.3 total yards per game (1st) and points (130) which blows the rest of the league out of the water with the next closest being the Chargers at 416.7 yards per game and 86 points per ESPN.
That’s over 100 yards and 40 points fewer and they’ve played the same amount of games!
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has done a terrific job with the team offense, a similarly hot start to last season. He explained why they didn’t go for the single-season game record by stating:
“It felt like chasing points and chasing a record. That's not what we came to the game to do. That doesn't have a bearing on the overall season outcome. I saw it as a—10 times out of 10—you concede and kneel down in those situations. Because there was an attainable record, that was cool. But the message that I thought it would send wasn't really in line with how I view things. It's awesome to—I think it was the most points since '66 or something. I think that's awesome.”
“ For a regular-season record, you can have that and suffer the same fate as we had last year. I don't care about that regular-season record. It would have been cool, but what we're trying to do, I think that would be talking out both sides of my mouth if we would have tried to send the field-goal team on and squeeze the extra three. It's not really what I'm about."
Hearing that kind of mentality from one of the younger head coaches in the league, who’s just in his second season with the Dolphins, will trickle down to the players and go a long way in keeping the players grounded and worried about the main thing…Winning.
The Dolphins will have a tougher schedule of games in the next few weeks playing at Buffalo against the Bills on Oct.1, at Philadelphia against the Eagles on Oct.22, and at the defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium on Nov.5 in what will be three marquee games to analyze if the Dolphins are true title contenders.
With the way this offense has been playing, and if they can sharpen things up defensively and have all their key players such as Tua, Hill, Waddle, and so forth stay healthy… This is the best team in the AFC with the most dynamic offense in the league with a chance to be a true Super Bowl contender.