Key #1: Stop Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi has been a monster and has come out of no where this season. Once Arian Foster retired mid-season, Ajayi took the starting role and has not looked back. He is having a fantastic season, racking up over 800 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. Ajayi comes up against the top ranked rushing defense on Sunday. The Baltimore defense has only allowed 75 rushing yards per game.
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Other than Ezekiel Elliot, this is going to be one of the Raven’s toughest running match-ups this season. The Ravens were able to hold Elliot under 100 yards rushing and no touchdowns, but Ajayi is a different kind of back.
The difference with Ajayi is that he is a bruiser and gains a lot of his yards after contact. Even on short gains, the 220 pound back will be able to fall forward for a gain. If the defense can stop Ajayi early and keep him to two to three yard gains, they can take away his confidence. Most of the time, it is going to take more than one defender to bring him to the ground. I know that defense coordinator Dean Pees is going to have his defense flying to the ball on Sunday.