The Dolphins provided a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi on Sunday and it paid major dividends in a 20-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowl tailback rushed for a season-high 130 yards on 26 carries. Ajayi also averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and took the pressure off Miami's often-criticized passing game.
Miami’s coaching staff provided a clear blueprint of running the ball to keep the Falcons’ explosive offense off the field. Even when the Dolphins trailed 17-0 at halftime, Miami stuck with its running game. That wore down Atlanta (3-2) and spurred a surprising comeback -- 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins.
The story backed this up with impressive numbers as well: Miami is 6-0 overall -- including 2-0 this season -- when Ajayi rushes for more than 100 yards. Ajayi had just 48 rushes for 139 yards the first three games. The story added the ankle injury to DeVante Parker simplified the game plan as the team ran more power sets.