The Miami Dolphins not only won a Sunday afternoon. They de-pressurized the air around them.
With a 30-15 victory over the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dolphins took the heat off of head coach Adam Gase, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. Not bad for a day’s work.
The Dolphins played their most complete game of the season – perhaps of several seasons – in the win over the Steelers. Running back Jay Ajayi ran the ball 25 times for 204 yards against what had been the fifth-rated defense in the league. It was the first time the Dolphins have had a 200-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011.
“This game was just the next one,” said Gase, trying to downplay the moment. “But when we play team football, it makes a big difference.”
Tannehill added 252 yards passing and no interceptions. He had thrown seven in the Dolphins’ previous five games (one win).
The Dolphins play Buffalo next week.