The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Miami Vs. Pittsburgh

Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing – Vince Lombardi

A win?…. Am I dreaming or did the Dolphins actually play well against a top tier AFC team?

With Pittsburgh (4-2), a +7.0 favorite on the road, Week 6 seemed to be an absolute mismatch for the Dolphins (2-4). Surprisingly, it was not the mismatch many expected, as the Steelers were manhandled worse than Theon Greyjoy once inside the Hard Rock Stadium.

The FINALLY completely healthy starting offensive line (for week 6 at least) proved to be the biggest factor for the offense, allowing zero sacks and most importantly helping to kickstart Miami’s 28th ranked run offense.

Jay Ajayi, put the team on his back, leading the surging Miami offense with 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries — making the second year back the 1st player with over 200 rush yards against the Steelers in 16 years. (Fred Taylor: 234 rush yds for Jaguars).

On defense, the team was absolutely dominate!

Allowing over 400 yards per game (150 rush yards per game) , and coming into the day with a lone interception on the season. The Dolphins defense placed Ben Roethlisberger’s offense in unfamiliar territory, as the 34-year old QB finished 19-of-34 for 189 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. 97 of those yards came in the forth quarter.

Overall the Dolphins played an incredible game in Week 6, and with the surging Buffalo Bills (4-2) coming to town next week, the Miami Dolphins have a chance to prove — the fat lady hasn’t sang just yet!

The Good.

Jay Ajayi

According to Armando Salguero, the last time Miami had a 200-yard rusher was with Reggie Bush in Dec. 2011.

Jay “The Jay Train” Ajayi was easily the star of the show in Week 6. As mentioned above, his career high 204 yards rushing, made him not only the 1st player with over 200 rush yards against the Steelers in over 16 years — but also the only player in the NFL to rush for 200 yards in a game this season.

Jay Ajayi is currently averaging 5.7 yards per carry, with 321 yards on 56 carries and four touchdowns.

Byron Maxwell

After getting benched against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week-5, Byron Maxwell finally showed off why the Dolphins’ signed him this offense — for his lock-down coverage.
Maxwell recorded a career-high four pass break-ups, and only allowed Antonio Brown 3 catches for 23 yards on 5 targets.

The Bad

Laremy Tunsil

They say all good things must come to end — hopefully this week isn’t the end of the heathy offensive line.
Laremy Tunsil, who missed Week 5 after allegedly slipping in the shower, was escorted to the locker room in the second half and did not return. While Omar Kelly reported that he struggled with cramping throughout the game, losing the rookie guard at this point in the season would be detrimental to the progression made this week. Keep an eye on Tunsil this week throughout practice.

The Ugly

Lawrence Timmons

Losing on national television is probably a pretty terrible feeling — but losing on national television then vomiting not once but twice on camera, well that just flat out sucks. After Damien Williams punched in a touchdown during the first half, the camera panned to Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons losing his lunch all over the beautiful Hard Rock turf. This is not the first time Timmons has puked on camera during a game either.

On the brightside Timmons, I’m sure you’re fans were doing the same thing watching the game at home.

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