Move over El­liott, Ajayi is top back

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

Move over Ezekiel El­liott, Jay Ajayi is the NFL’s best run­ning back. Ajayi tied a league record by sur­pass­ing 200 yards rush­ing for the 2nd straight game, help­ing the Mi­ami Dol­phins win two in a row.

Move over Ezekiel El­liott, Jay Ajayi is the NFL’s best run­ning back.

Ajayi tied a league record by sur­pass­ing 200 yards rush­ing for the sec­ond straight game, help­ing the Mi­ami Dol­phins win two in a row.

Ajayi ran for 214 yards in a win over Buf­falo af­ter to­tal­ing 204 yards a week ear­lier against Pitts­burgh. He joins O.J. Simp­son, Earl Camp­bell and Ricky Wil­liams as the only play­ers to have con­sec­u­tive 200yard games.

Now, the for­mer fifthround pick has to wait an ex­tra week to break the record be­cause Mi­ami (3-4) has a bye.

El­liott leads the league in rush­ing, help­ing Dal­las (5-1) to first place in the NFC East. But the rookie hasn’t even had a 150-yard game yet. Surely, he’s no Ajayi. By the way, Ajayi had 304 ca­reer rush­ing yards be­fore his out­burst. He also did it against two of the league’s bot­tom-12 de­fenses against the run. Let’s see how he does against the Jets on Nov. 6. New York is the fourth-ranked run de­fense in the league.

Here are other over­re­ac­tions fol­low­ing Week 7:

OVERREACTION

The Vik­ings are the 2015 Fal­cons, who started 5-0 and fin­ished 8-8.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Min­nesota wasn’t go­ing 16-0. Be­sides, the Ea­gles also dom­i­nated the Steel­ers in Philadel­phia and the Vik­ings could go 9-7 and still outdo At­lanta’s fin­ish last year.

OVERREACTION

Ben Roeth­lis­berger is the most valu­able QB in the NFL. Without him, the Steel­ers lost 27-16 to Pitts­burgh.

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