Ajayi Blasts for 200 Yards Again; Dolphins Top Bills 28-25

Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins

Jay Ajayi tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, helping the Dolphins rally past the Bills 28-25 Sunday.

Ajayi rushed for 214 yards in 29 carries after totaling 204 yards a week earlier in a win over Pittsburgh. He scored on a 4-yard run, and busted a 53-yarder when the Dolphins were pinned at their 3 and trailing in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins (3-4) used an extra lineman much of the time to clear big holes for Ajayi, who tied the NFL record for consecutive 200-yard games held by O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

Miami overcame an 11-point deficit with 16 minutes left to end a four-game winning streak by the Bills (4-3) and beat them for only the second time in their past seven meetings.

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Bills vs Dolphins NFL Week Seven Inactives

Bills: WR Robert Woods, DT Marcell Dareus, RB Jonathan Williams, OT Seantrel Henderson, OT Michael Ola, C Patrick Lewis, QB Cardale Jones

Dolphins: TE Jordan Cameron, TE Dion Sims, DE Terrence Fede, DL Nick Williams, DT Julius Warmsley, CB Bene Benwikere, CB Xavien Howard

Bills vs Dolphins NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Rex Ryan: 7-7 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 45-16 vs. San Francisco W 30-15 vs. Pittsburgh
LAST GAME 11/8/15: Dolphins 17 at Bills 33: Buffalo RBs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams combine for 222 yards & 3 TDs. Bills WR Sammy Watkins has 8 receptions for 168 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/15: Bills 41, Dolphins 14: Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor passes for 277 yards & 3 TDs. Bills LB Preston Brown records 2 INTs, including 43-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta, Kevin Manuel (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Buf), 134 (Mia). XM: 385 (Buf), 228 (Mia).


PASSING Tyrod Taylor: 103-165-1076-8-2-92.4 Ryan Tannehill: 124-188-1524-6-7-85.9
RUSHING LeSean McCoy: 104-587 (2L)-5.6-6 (T2L) Jay Ajayi: 56-321-5.7-4
RECEIVING Robert Woods: 25-240-9.6-1 Jarvis Landry: 41 (T2L)-494-12.0-1
OFFENSE 337.3 332.2
TAKE/GIVE +8 (2L) -5
DEFENSE 345.2 383.7
SACKS Lorenzo Alexander: 8 (1L) Andre Branch, Ndamukong Suh: 2.5
INTs Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey-Coleman: 2 Isa Abdul-Quddus: 2
PUNTING Colton Schmidt: 42.9 Matt Darr: 48.1
KICKING Dan Carpenter: 42 (18/20 PAT; 8/10 FG) Andrew Franks: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/10 FG)


BILLS: Aim for 5th win in row. Outscored opp. 124-53 in past 4…QB TYROD TAYLOR is 2-0 vs. Mia. with 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 145.7 rating. In 8 starts vs. division, has 100.9 rating, 12 pass TDs & 2 rush TDs. Since 2015, is only NFL QB with 95+ rating (97.3) & 800+ rush yards (804)…Team is averaging 211.8 rush yards per game in past 4. RB LE SEAN MC COY has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 meetings. Is only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,637) & 2,000+ rec. (2,363) yards since 2010. In past 4, has 524 scrimmage yards (131 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MARQUISE GOODWIN has 5 career TD catches & averages 46.4 yards per TD…CB NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN has 3 career INTs (2 INT-TDs). LB LORENZO ALEXANDER leads NFL with 8 sacks. Has 0.5+ sack in all 6 games. LB ZACH BROWN is 2nd in NFL with 67 tackles. LB JERRY HUGHES had 2 sacks, FF & FR in last meeting. LB PRESTON BROWN had 2 INTs (43-yard INT-TD) in last game at Mia. CB RONALD DARBY had INT in last meeting at Mia…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 6th division game in row with 300+ pass yards…RB JAY AJAYI rushed for career-high 204 yards & 2 TDs last week, incl. career-long 62-yard TD run late in 4th Q to seal victory. RB ARIAN FOSTER is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,265), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,249)…WR JARVIS LANDRY had 18 catches (9 per game) in 2 meetings last year. In past 4 vs. division, has 39 catches (9.8 per game), 439 yards (109.8 per game) & TD. Has 151 catches since 2015, 3rd most in NFL…WR DE VANTE PARKER has 17 catches for 292 yards (97.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. division. Aims for 3rd division game in row with 100+ rec. yards…Since 2015, S RESHAD JONES is only NFL player with 180+ tackles (186), 6+ INTs (6) & 2+ sacks (2). Since 2010, DE CAMERON WAKE has 66 sacks, 4th most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 44.5 sacks, 2nd most by DT.

Dolphins Lose Starting Safety Reshad Jones for Season with Torn Rotator Cuff

Reshad Jones

The Dolphins have suffered a huge blow in the injury department, as the team has lost starting safety Reshad Jones for the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.

Jones, who will have season-ending surgery, faces a four to six month recovery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

While Jones’ season is over, cornerback Chris Culliver is slated to practice for first time this year, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jones suffered his injury in Sunday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones had sought a second opinion in the hopes he could return at some point this season.

It’s a huge loss for the Dolphins, as already Miami has the 28th-rated defense, and now they are losing their second-ranked tackler in Jones, who has 51 tackles, and Sunday he got his first pick of the season in the 30-15 win over the Steelers.

Dolphins Run Over Steelers in Huge 30-15 Win in Miami

Pittsburgh Steelers v Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins left Ben Roethlisberger limping, and the rest of the Steelers didn’t look much better.

Roethlisberger missed one series because of a left knee injury and was held to 189 yards passing, and Miami won 30-15 Sunday.

Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries for the Dolphins (2-4).

“No need to sugarcoat,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “We got beat soundly.”

The Steelers (4-2) had scored 74 points in their previous two games, but were outgained 474-297. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he was buoyed to see two Pittsburgh defenders become sick to their stomach late in the first half as players dealt with the 80-degree heat.

“It’s definitely a glimpse of what we can do,” Tannehill said. “Now we just have to show up every week like this.”

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Steelers at Dolphins NFL Week Six Inactives


Steelers: WR Markus Wheaton, DE Cameron Heyward, C Cody Wallace, ILB Ryan Shazier, RT Marcus Gilbert, S Shamarko Thomas, QB Zach Mettenberger

Dolphins: DL Terrence Fede, CB Ben Benwikere, CB Xavien Howard, TE Jordan Cameron, DL Julius Warmsley, OL Sam Young, DB Walt Aikens

Steelers vs Dolphins NFL Week Six Capsule

Miami Dolphins v Pittsburgh Steelers



STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-1 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-13 vs. New York Jets L 30-17 vs. Tennessee
LAST GAME 12/8/13: Dolphins 34 at Steelers 28. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill passes for 200 yards & 3 TDs. Dolphins TE Charles Clay has 7 receptions for 97 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/10: Steelers 23, Dolphins 22. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 302 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers WR Hines Ward has 7 receptions for 131 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Chris Fischer (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Pit), 134 (Mia). XM: 386 (Pit), 230 (Mia).


PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 126-192-1496 (3L)-15 (1L)-4-106.6 Ryan Tannehill: 100-156-1272-6-7-83.6
RUSHING DeAngelo Williams: 71-265-3.7-3 Jay Ajayi: 31-117-3.8-2
RECEIVING Antonio Brown: 37 (1L)-447-12.1-5 (T1L) Jarvis Landry: 34-403-11.9-1
OFFENSE 386.2 303.8
DEFENSE 379.0 401.0
SACKS Cameron Heyward: 3 Ndamukong Suh: 2.5
INTs 3 tied: 1 Isa Abdul-Quddus: 1
PUNTING Jordan Berry: 47.6 Matt Darr: 48.7
KICKING Chris Boswell: 29 (17/17 PAT; 4/5 FG) Andrew Franks: 22 (10/10 PAT; 4/5 FG)


STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has won 4 of 5 starts vs. Mia. with 109.9 rating. Has 680 yards (340 per game), 9 TDs, 0 INTs & 143 rating in past 2. Leads NFL with 15 pass TDs, most ever by Pit. QB in 1st 5 games of season…RB LE’VEON BELL has 332 scrimmage yards (166 per game) in 2 games in 2016. Since 2014, averages 135 scrimmage yards per game, most in NFL. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 10…WR ANTONIO BROWN had 5 catches for 138 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2013, leads NFL with 412 catches, 5,478 rec. yards, 24 100-yard rec. games & 39 total TDs. WR SAMMIE COATES had career-high 139 yards & 2 TDs last week. Is 1st in NFL with 22.2 avg. yards per catch (19 catches, 421 yards). TE JESSE JAMES has TD in 3 of past 4…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 32 tackles. CB WILLIAM GAY has 5 INT-TDs since 2013, tied for most in NFL…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL won only career start vs. Pit. & passed for 3 TDs. Has 9 career games with 3+ pass TDs…RB JAY AJAYI has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB ARIAN FOSTER is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,262), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,237). Has 281 scrimmage yards (140.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 meetings…WR JARVIS LANDRY has 144 catches since 2015, 3rd most in NFL. WR DE VANTE PARKER has 14 catches for 320 yards (80 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 at home. WR KENNY STILLS had 5 catches for 162 yards & TD (69 yards) in only game vs. Pit. (11/30/14 with NO)…Since 2015, S RESHAD JONES is only NFL player with 180+ tackles (181), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ sacks (2). DE CAMERON WAKE had sack & FF in last meeting. Since 2010, has 65.5 sacks, 4th most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 44.5 sacks, 2nd most by DT.

Dolphins Place LB Misi on IR; Claim CB Benwikere Off Waivers

Koa Misi

The Dolphins today placed linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve because of a neck injury, and claimed cornerback Bene Benwikere off waivers.

Misi, a seven-year starter, missed the past two games because of the injury and is likely to be sidelined the rest of the season.

The Panthers released Benwikere last week after they allowed 503 yards passing by the Falcons. He was targeted for nearly half that total.

Benwikere reinforces depth following the loss of rookie starter Xavien Howard , who is expected to be sidelined several weeks recovering from minor knee surgery. Miami’s other starter, Byron Maxwell, has struggled this season and was benched for a game.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2014, Benwikere started 14 games in three years with Carolina.