Miami Dolphins Jay Ajayi ready for his "home" game

Clyde Nash
October 2, 2017

The hard-traveling Miami Dolphins barely won out west, flopped up north and have now gone east, their season suddenly heading south. The Dolphins never crossed New Orleans' 40-yard line again after that.

The Saints did most of the damage through the air.

Brees, in his 17th season, went 29 of 41 for 268 yards with no interceptions in the win for New Orleans (2-2). While the Dolphins prefer to set up the pass with the run, they might have to break their tendency of going play-action off of the run and throw the ball on first and second down in order to give their running backs room to run.

Rookie Alvin Kamara's role as a playmaker for the Saints (2-2) only figures to increase after he finished Sunday with a touchdown and 119 all-purpose yards (71 receiving, 25 rushing, 23 returning). He was always available for Brees, and on the opening drive that ended in a missed field goal he had six touches out of 13 plays. Miami (1-2) finished with 186 total yards - its fewest since its last shutout, a 19-0 loss at Buffalo on December 22, 2013. He had just four carries for a total of 4 yards.

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The game, played on a soccer pitch, remained a nil-nil draw through almost the entire first half. However, the deadlock was finally broken when Lutz's 43-yard field goal put New Orleans 3-0 up on the final play of the half.

Saints coach Sean Payton said there was no influence from Saints ownership on the players' decision.

The NFL said the systems were restored by the start of the second quarter. "It wasn't ideal. The first half was fairly sloppy and there are a number of things we are going to have to clean up, but we won".

When the USA national anthem was played beforehand just three Miami players - the wide receiver Kenny Stills, the safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas - took a knee compared with 10 in their previous game against the New York Jets.

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The Saints defense dominated the Dolphins, allowing the New Orleans to even its record at 2-2 after starting the season in an 0-2 hole. What did the Saints do last Sunday? QB Jay Cutler passed for 226 yards with a TD in his only game at Wembley (10/23/11 vs. TB with Chi.). This week, the Saints were tasked with slowing a wide receiver corps that has De'Vante Parker, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.

"I was able to do well previous year, and obviously my name was able to grow", Ajayi said.

Saints: A Week 5 bye means they'll next be in action at home against the Detroit Lions on October 15.

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