National Football League roundup: Dolphins stop Big Ben, Steelers


Hard-edged. So, while other teams ramp down contact during practices to off-set the wear and tear of the season, there's no let-up in Pittsburgh.

Ajayi has since had the walk-off run that beat the Cleveland Browns in overtime, and he had his big performance against the Steelers.

And they did it in convincing fashion.

As the Miami Dolphins' ship continues to sink deeper and deeper into the depths of the NFL's mean sea, Miami's fans continue to look for any life raft of hope that could rescue this season.

Jay Ajayi was awesome (204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries).

There were a handful to choose from, including a slightly underthrown pass from Ben Roethlisberger near the NY goal line in the second quarter in which Coates adjusted perfectly, only to see the ball go right between his arms. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left midway through the second quarter with a left knee injury.

Basically, this was the day coach Adam Gase thought would be coming for a long time.

Miami now leads Pittsburgh, 16-8, with less than a minute to go in the first half of the game.

"We're getting more pressure, but we've got to figure out ways to get the quarterback down", linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. Bell is one of the best running back talents in the league and averaged over 100 all-purpose yards a game a year ago before suffering a season-ending injury. After forcing a Steelers punt to open the game, Miami capped a nine-play, 53-yard drive with Franks' kick. He had the most touchdown passes of any player entering Week 6 with 15.

And then play 10 times better than this for a chance next Sunday.

The pick led to a Miami field goal and gave the Dolphins a 9-8 lead.

Big Ben did not return for the rest of the first half. They were miserable in every way imaginable, and the Titans run the former Steelers 3-4, with Dick Lebeau at the helm... and with former Steelers backups Sean Spence, Al Woods, Antwon Blake and Brice McCain in their rotation!

Another penalty - this time for an illegal formation - nixed what would have been a Miami touchdown pass to tight end Dominique Jones. But James was called for an illegal formation because he wasn't on the line of scrimmage. Instead, Miami settled for a Franks 30-yard field goal. He handed the ball off to Le'Veon Bell three times in a row before attempting a pass on 3rd and 1. Defensively, the Dolphins are yielding 23.8 points and 401.0 yards (250.2 in passing and 150.8 in rushing) per game against the opposing teams.