Miami's Jay Ajayi ran for all over the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, amassing 214 rushing yards in the Dolphins' 28-25 win.
It was only the fifth time the Bills had ever allowed a rusher to gain 200 yards against them, with Ajayi's 214 placing second all-time. Dolphins rushers own three of five spots on the list:
1. Ricky Williams, Miami, 2002 – 228 yards on 27 carries, 2 touchdowns.
2. Jay Ajayi, Miami, 2016 – 214 yards on 29 carries, 1 TD.
3. Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets, 2009 – 210 yards on 22 carries, 1 TD.
4. Terrell Davis, Denver, 1997 – 207 yards on 42 carries, 1 TD.
5. Reggie Bush, Miami, 2011 – 203 yards on 25 carries, 1 TD.
"It's kind of crazy, you know? It's kind of surreal," Ajayi said in the locker room Sunday after posting his second consecutive 200-yard game. He's only the fourth running back to ever do that, joining O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.
"They told me that," Ajayi said. "The backs that I was in company with, that's huge. Those are Hall of Fame guys, guys that I look up to as running backs. It's big."
Here are some other things Bills fans will be talking about:
Another key Miami loss
The Bills got their fifth in a row: Five straight times they've come to Miami with a winning record during the playoff drought -- and lost.
— Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) October 23, 2016
😐. File this one away in the archive of regret, Jerry Sullivan wrote.
The hit on Aaron Williams
Bills safety Aaron Williams was hit with a high block from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry in the second quarter and went to a hospital to be evaluated from head and neck injuries.
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) October 23, 2016
Williams suffered a severe neck injury last season and had said it was 50-50 that he would continue playing.
The run defense
On the other side of Ajayi's big game, there was the Bills run defense, which certainly won't have any talk about Hall of Fame guys with performances like this one. This was the most yards a Rex Ryan-coached team had ever allowed a single rusher.
The run defense was so bad, it didn't even get an F in Jay Skurski's report card. The run defense got an "R" rating – as in, hide the children and avert your eyes.
LeSean McCoy's injury
ESPN reported on Thursday that McCoy's hamstring injury would force him to miss the game. Well, McCoy started, but he was ineffective before his mental check-engine light went on and he pulled himself from the game.
“I tried to take off … and it just didn’t feel right,” McCoy said.
Why did the Bills even bother letting him play? He gained only 11 yards and clearly wasn't himself. The Bills have a big game against the Patriots next week. Letting McCoy play was a shady decision, Jerry Sullivan wrote.
I don't think I've ever seen a more predictable aggravation of an injury than LeSean McCoy's. Only the #Bills didn't see it coming.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 24, 2016
The offense in general
The Bills were outgained 454 to 267 and got worked on both sides of the line, Vic Carucci wrote. Bullied, if you will.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a limited arsenal to work with, but missed another opportunity to lead a game-winning or game-tying drive. The Bills have had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to win or tie the game in all of their losses this season.
The Bills former Rich Uncle Pennybags impersonator defensive end had a mostly quiet day until a brief string a plays in the fourth quarter. His two tackles matched a season high.
“Lorenzo Alexander comes in and he’s leading the league in sacks,” a Bills player told Jay Skurski this week. “He’s not getting $90 million. He’s getting $900,000. What does that tell you about Mario?"
Speaking of that guy, holy cow. Alexander had another sack Sunday, giving him a league-best nine this year. He is a 12-year veteran who has doubled his career sack total in seven games.
The Bills first-round pick made his NFL debut Sunday after coming off the physically unable to perform list, though he's not replacing Alexander as the starter. Lawson played 14 defensive snaps and was credited with one tackle.
Final word: For the second time in as many weeks, we turn to a tweet from Bruce Andriatch, the News' Assistant Managing Editor/Features, to provide much-need sagacity.
This game reminds me of a Bills game.
— Bruce Andriatch (@BAndriatch) October 23, 2016
Indeed it did, Bruce. Indeed it did.