This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
-Joe Burrow cruelly suffered a torn ACL against Washington on Sunday, ending his 2020 season and leaving him with a somewhat challenging timeline to prepare for the 2021 season. Burrow didn't exactly look like a star in his rookie season, but he maintained poise despite a brutally bad offensive line in a high-volume role. With Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd to throw to, this offense has two standout wide receivers locked in for when Burrow is ready to take over again. Boyd and especially Higgins will likely find their jobs more difficult with Ryan Finley in at quarterback instead.
-Tua Tagovailoa struggled against the Broncos and eventually found the bench after going 11-of-20 for 83 yards and one touchdown while taking six sacks. The Denver defense is more well-coached than talented, and it's not terribly surprising or concerning that Tagovailoa lost his composure in the road matchup. Miami is expected to stick with him as starter going forward – Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't exactly impress in Tagovailoa's place by going 12-of-18 for 117 yards and one interception. Salvon Ahmed (12 carries for 43 yards, five catches for 31 yards on six targets) took nearly all of Miami's running back work.
-Drew Lock wasn't terrible against Miami, completing 18-of-30 passes for 270 yards and one interception while playing through injury. Tim Patrick (five catches for 119 yards on eight targets) seems like a potential average or better starting outside receiver. At least one of the rookies – Jerry Jeudy