Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi has rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive games, running for 111 yards last week vs. N.Y. Jets, 214 yards in Week 7 vs. Buffalo and 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh. Here is the lowdown on Ajayi’s numbers courtesy of the Miami Dolphins stats page…
The last Dolphins running back who had three-or-more consecutive games with 100-plus yards was RB Reggie Bush, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 2011. Ajayi's 529 rushing yards in three straight games is the third-most in team history behind Ricky Williams, who rushed for 587 and 545 yards in two three-game stretches in 2002.
RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 200 yards in back-to-back games in Week 6 and Week 7, becoming one of only four players to accomplish that feat in NFL history. He rushed for 214 yards in Week 7 vs. Buffalo and 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh, totaling 418 yards in two contests.
- Ajayi joined O.J. Simpson (1973 and 1976), Earl Campbell (1980) and Ricky Williams (2002) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 200-plus yards in consecutive games.
- Ajayi is the only player since the merger (1970) to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts.
- Ajayi is one of just 27 NFL players to ever rush for 200 yards in multiple games in a career and one of 19 to rush for 200 yards in multiple games in the same season.
- His two 200-yard games are the highest single-game performances in the NFL this season. The last NFL players to rush for 200-plus yards were Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin and Seattle RB Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 235 and 209 yards respectively on Nov. 22, 2015.
- Ajayi owns two of the NFL's 10 200-yard rushing performances since 2013.
- He is one of just four players to rush for 200-plus yards in Dolphins history.
- His 214 yards vs. Buffalo in Week 7 were the third-most in Dolphins history (including playoffs) and the most since RB Ricky Williams rushed for 216 yards on Dec. 9, 2002 vs. Chicago.
TWO OF THE BEST RUSHING EFFORTS IN DOLPHINS HISTORY
RB Jay Ajayi has produced two of the top five rushing performances in the Dolphins' illustrious 51-year history this season. His rushing totals rank No. 3 and No. 5 all-time, and No. 3 and No. 4 all-time in regular season contests.
GIVE HIM THE ROCK IN THE SECOND HALF
RB Jay Ajayi ran for a team-record 153 yards in the second half of the Week 6 victory vs. Pittsburgh. He followed it up by rushing for 115 yards in the second half of the come-from-behind win vs. Buffalo in Week 8, the fifth-most in team history. Ajayi now owns the two largest second-half rushing totals in the league this season. Ajayi has rushed for 353 yards in the second half of the past three games, an average of 117.7 yards per half. With 387 second-half/overtime rushing yards this season, Ajayi ranks No. 3 in the NFL despite having more than 30 carries less than the leaders (Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott and San Diego's Melvin Gordon).
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
RB Jay Ajayi isn't just racking up his yards from a couple home run plays, but he is consistently moving the chains. In fact, he had nine different carries that went for 10-plus yards in the Week 7 win vs. Buffalo. That is tied for the third-highest single-game total in the NFL since 1960. He is second in the NFL with 24 rushes of 10-plus yards this season despite having just 108 carries, which is 69 less than the leader, Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (27).
In the past three games, Ajayi has rushed for a first down 27 times - six vs. N.Y. Jets, 11 vs. Buffalo and 10 vs. Pittsburgh. No other NFL player has a single game with more than 10 rushing first downs this season. Ajayi has also converted 30.6 percent of his 108 carries this season for a first down. If the season ended today, Ajayi would have the highest firstdown percentage by an NFL running back since 2013, when Carolina's Mike Tolbert converted 30.7 percent of his carries for a first down.
AJAYI AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
With a 5.98 rushing average (min. 30 carries), RB Jay Ajayi leads the NFL by more than three-fourths of a yard per carry (Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy is second, averaging 5.14 yards per carry). If the season ended today, his average would be the highest by an NFL running back since 2012, when Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Buffalo's C.J. Spiller both averaged more than six yards per carry. It would also be the second-highest in team history behind Mercury Morris' 6.4 average in 1973. Ajayi has season totals of 108 attempts for 646 yards and six touchdowns. Ajayi ranks No. 6 in the NFL in rushing with 646 yards. He is the only player in the top 10 to play seven or fewer games and the only one with less than 130 carries.
AJAYI'S FIRST 200-YARD SHOWCASE
RB Jay Ajayi first put his name on the map in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh, when in just his second career start, the second-year pro rushed for 204 yards on 25 carries (8.2 avg.) in the 30-15 victory. A couple of notes from his performance vs. Pittsburgh:
- His average of 8.16 yards per carry in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh is the second-highest by a Dolphins running back in a single game (minimum 20 carries). The record is 8.44 (27 rushes for 228 yards) by RB Ricky Williams against Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2002.
- His 62-yard touchdown run to seal the win was the longest of his career and Miami’s longest running play since Oct. 25, 2015, when RB Lamar Miller had an 85-yard touchdown run vs. the Houston Texans. It was the fourth-longest rush by an NFL player this season