Bills' LeSean McCoy hamstrung by injury vs. Dolphins but 'should be fine'
- Author: Julie Sanders Nov 02, 2016,
Nov 02, 2016, 9:03
More than half of Ajayi's yardage on Sunday (128 yards) came after contact, and he ended the game against Buffalo with 10 broken tackles.
A matchup between inner-division rivals saw the Buffalo Bills falling at the hands of the Miami Dolphins by a score of 28-25.
After sustaining a hamstring injury in practice earlier in the week, McCoy, who came into the contest ranked second in the National Football League in rushing yards, was held to a meager 11 rushing yards on eight carries before being pulled from the game after re-aggravating his injury.
The Bills seemed to have the game under control late in the third quarter, up 17-6.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said he was of the belief that McCoy was 100 percent going into the game. Ajayi had 49 yards in the first quarter, which Gase said, "anytime that happens early, it gets everyone's confidence up". "We felt like he was capable of playing and that's why we played him".
A block by Dolphins receiver Landry caused Williams to miss the second half with a head and neck injury.
Yeah, they're still 4-3, but the Bills had already used up the obligatory bad loss - that fiasco against the Jets - and with road games coming up at Seattle, Cincinnati, and Oakland it could be argued they blew their most winnable game away from New Era Field over the final 10 weeks.
When Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin for the 67-yard touchdown pass that put the Bills up by 11, I thought for sure Buffalo was headed to a 5th straight victory.
He's becoming a household name even before fans learn how to pronounce it. Ajayi (uh-JYE') tied a league record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row Sunday, helping the Miami Dolphins rally past the Buffalo Bills 28-25.
It wasn't all Miami on Sunday. It's what best for this team and in particular Tannehill, who needed a load lifted off of his back after doing too much through the first five games.
Jay Ajayi - If last week's performance didn't get Jay Ajayi out of the doghouse, he's firmly out after this week. "We tried everything, believe me".
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was left with a receiving corps of Walter Powell, Justin Hunter, and Brandon Tate at game's end and there's no guarantee either Woods or Goodwin will be back next Sunday for the Patriots. The past two weeks he has gained a total of 418 yards on 53 carries. They managed to hold the Bills to less than 75 yards rushing for the entire game. Ryan Tannehill showed off his wheels by taking off six times for 21 yards.
Rushing for 200 yards in back-to-back weeks is a rare feat, and Ajayi is the fourth rusher to do so. The Bills had another short field - this time it was 40 yards after Darr had his punt blocked by Lerentee McCray. In between those two, Miami did not score but continued to build offensive momentum, gaining 59 yards. Miami improved to 3-4. Ajayi ran it in from four yards out and Tannehill connected with Jarvis Landry for the two-point conversion.
Damien Williams added four carries for 16 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins tacked on when Tannehill threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, and the Bills - to their credit - kept fighting and gave themselves a chance when Bush scored on a short run and then caught a two-point pass with 14 seconds left, but the Bills failed to recover the onside kick.
Taylor finished the day 14/28 for 221 passing yards and a touchdown. It's insane to think what a difference of just two weeks can bring, but the Dolphins look like a brand new team than the one who took the field in Weeks 1-5.