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Jay Ajayi gets reacquainted with the 200-yard club
Miami saw its season change for the better when it placed an added emphasis on the running game. Led by Ajayi and his back-to-back 200-plus-yard games, the Dolphins vaulted into the league’s top 10 in rushing. Miami went from relying too much on the arm of Ryan Tannehill to letting Ajayi’s churning legs to do the work, and suddenly the Dolphins are squarely in the playoff conversation.
But it’s been a couple weeks since Ajayi cracked 100-plus yards. Against the 49ers, the league’s worst against the run by a wide, nearly historical margin, there’s no better time to again get familiar with the NFL’s top runners. Powered by a zone scheme we broke down in this Next Gen Stats piece, Ajayi uses his bullish, one-cut running style to slice through the Niners’ defense, gaining 150 yards through three quarters. A big run in the fourth breaks 200 yards and ices another win for the Dolphins, who continue their charge toward the postseason.
— Nick Shook
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