Dolphins Improve to 9-3 with Dominant 45-15 Victory over Commander

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 280 yards and two 60-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill as Miami ran out to a 31-7 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Washington Commanders 45-15 at FedExField on Sunday.

Hill finished with five receptions for 157 yards (31.4 average), helping the Dolphins reach 9-3 for the first time since 2001.

In his first start since Week 7, running back De'Von Achane had 73 yards and two touchdowns, while linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel had five stops (four solo),

 two passes defensed, and a pick-six. The Dolphins defense held Commanders quarterback

Sam Howell to career lows in passing yards (127), yards per pass attempt (5.52), completion percentage (52.2), and passing first downs (5), as well as a season low in completions (12).

Tagovailoa opened the day with a 78-yard touchdown pass to Hill on the team's third offensive play from scrimmage, putting the club up 7-0.

The Dolphins moved into Washington territory but stalled after forcing a second consecutive punt on defense. With 3:39 remaining in the first quarter, Jason Sanders' 49-yard field goal put Miami up 10-0.

Van Ginkel intercepted a screen ball from Howell and went 33 yards the other way for the Dolphins' second pick-six in as many games

 Miami's 17-0 advantage after 15 minutes equaled for the team's second-largest lead since at least 2000.

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