After receiving a scare against the winless Carolina Panthers, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins improved to 5-1 for the 2023 season prior to a showdown against the undefeated Philadelphia next week.
The Panthers (0-6) led 14-0 after the first quarter, but Miami’s offense came alive shortly thereafter, scoring 35 unanswered points by the fourth quarter as Saint Louis alumnus and Ewa Beach native Tua Tagovailoa completed 21 of his 31 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
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Next week, the Dolphins will take on the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, in a game where Tagovailoa will play against his former teammate at Alabama, star quarterback Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa backed up Hurts during the 2017 college football season, while Hurts did so for Tagovailoa in 2018.
Below are the rest of how players with Hawaii ties fared during Week 6 of the NFL season. Stay with KHON2 as this post will be updated:
Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, offensive lineman, Baltimore Ravens (Keaau): Aumavae-Laulu was ruled inactive prior to the team’s 24-15 win over the Tennessee Titans in London.
DeForest Buckner, defensive tackle, Indianapolis Colts (Punahou): Buckner had two tackles, including a sack, in a 37-20 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, kicker, Houston Texans (Punahou): Fairbairn made both of his field goal attempts and both of his extra point attempts in a 20-13 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Breiden Fehoko, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers (Farrington): The Steelers had a Week 6 bye.
Alohi Gilman, safety, Los Angeles Chargers (Kahuku): Gilman was ruled inactive prior to the team’s 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker, Carolina Panthers (Kamehameha): Grugier-Hill finished with five tackles (three solo), including a tackle for loss, in the loss to the Dolphins, his former team.
Nate Herbig, guard, Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Louis): The Steelers had a Week 6 bye.
Nick Herbig, linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Louis): The Steelers had a Week 6 bye.
Andrei Iosivas, receiver, Cincinnati Bengals (Punahou): A week after making his first career catch, Iosvias caught a 3-yard pass for his first career touchdown in a 17-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks on his 24th birthday.
Keith Kirkwood, receiver, New Orleans Saints (University of Hawaii): Kirkwood did not accumulate any statistics in a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles (Saint Louis): Mariota was active but did not play in a 20-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Kana’i Mauga, linebacker, Las Vegas Raiders (Waianae): Mauga played but did not accumulate any statistics in a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots.
Rigoberto Sanchez, punter, Indianapolis Colts (University of Hawaii): Sanchez had three punts for a total of 143 yards in the loss to the Jaguars.
Isaac Seumalo, offensive lineman, Pittsburgh Steelers (born in Hawaii): The Steelers had a Week 6 bye.
Jahlani Tavai, linebacker, New England Patriots (University of Hawaii): Tavai had seven tackles (six solo), an interception, a pass deflection and a quarterback hit in a 21-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.