Some all-time comparisons for Ajayi’s back-to-back blockbusters

I did a deeper dig on Jay Ajayi’s consecutive 200-yard games. You already know that O.J. Simpson, Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell are the only other players to do it, but here are some of the other highlights.

 

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) runs inside the five yard line against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 23, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) runs inside the five yard line against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 23, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

No one has ever rushed for 200 yards in three consecutive games.

O.J. came the closest, going for 171 yards in a 58-20 loss to the Baltimore Colts after topping 200 twice in a row. Campbell also gave it a shot, carrying 36 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-16 win over Denver. Ricky’s follow-up wasn’t bad, either, with 101 yards in a 23-17 win over Oakland.

If Ajayi is going to be the first to top 200 yards for three games in a row, he’s going to have to earn it.

The New York Jets are next up for Miami on Nov. 6. As of Sunday’s games, the Jets ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards allowed at 74.1 yards per game. Only one rusher has gotten to 100 yards against the Jets through seven games. David Johnson of Arizona went for 111 yards and three touchdowns on an average of 5.0 yards per carry two weeks ago. Nobody else has topped 75.

Ajayi is only halfway to matching the NFL record for 200-yard rushing games in a single season.

Campbell went over 200 in four games in 1980. O.J. (1973) and Tiki Barber (2005) did it three times in a season. Included on the list of 17 players who have done it twice in a season are some real heavyweights – Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson, Eric Dickerson and more.

If Ajayi has more of this greatness in him, he is young enough at 23 to do some serious climbing.

The NFL record for most 200-yard games in a career is six, shared by O.J. and Adrian Peterson.

Matter of fact, Ajayi is the youngest player to top 200 rushing yards in consecutive games.

Ricky and Earl were 25 when they did it. O.J. was 26 and 29. Peterson’s most recent came at the age of 30.

Teams with 200-yard rushers in consecutive games haven’t been particularly great through history.

Campbell’s 1980 Oilers were the only one to make the playoffs, losing in the first round as a wild-card entrant. O.J.’s 1976 Bills went 2-12.