NFL: Twickenham roars, a Brit soars, a tie indoors and champagne pours in week seven

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NFL: Dolphins' Jay Ajayi's 53-yard gain against Buffalo Bills

Twickenham roars, a Brit soars, a tie indoors and champagne pours.

Another bonkers weekend in the National Football League, the results of which seem to have muddied the play-off waters even more.

But first, while the home of English rugby rocked to the NFL's tune - more on that later - it was a Brit on the other side of the pond who was helping a sad franchise become relevant again.

For London-born Jay Ajayi to join a club whose members are OJ Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams is no mean feat.

Ajayi, the 23-year-old second-year Miami running back, turned in his second straight 200-yard game helping the Dolphins lift to 3-4.

The Arsenal-supporting bruising tailback, with quick feet and an explosive burst has decimated two traditionally strong defences in Pittsburgh and Buffalo in consecutive weeks.

Will the Dolphins win the division, no. Will they go to the play-offs? Unlikely. But perhaps the fish have found the ground game that will balance their offence and reduce the pressure on QB Ryan Tannehill.

Jay Ajayi
Ajayi was born in Hackney and lived in Essex before moving to Dallas, Texas, aged seven

It has not been an easy start to Ajayi's career. I interviewed him prior to the 2015 draft. An affable personality, warm smile, which belied the understandable anxiousness with the most important day in his life approaching. Coming out of Boise State he was projected as a third-round pick and he hoped to hear his name called on the second day.

But it wasn't called, and halfway through the fifth round the Dolphins selected him, with other teams possibly concerned about his fumbling issues and pass catching out of the backfield.

Injury hampered his rookie year and Ajayi only managed 187 yards on 49 carries. Four time pro-bowl RB Arian Foster was signed from Houston in the off season and won the starting job, and Ajayi's poor reaction to the benching caused new head coach Adam Gase to leave him behind while the team travelled to Seattle in week one.

Foster subsequently got injured (and announced his retirement on Monday), which has allowed Ajayi the opportunity to shine, and the Dolphins to compete.

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NFL: New York Giants beat Los Angeles Rams 17-10 at Twickenham

Home of English rugby welcomes NFL

Another international game is in the books, but this time it was the home of English rugby rather than football that was given a dose of Americana.

Due to the nature of Twickenham being more high-banked than Wembley, noise reverberates that little bit more and supporters feel a touch closer to the action.

Those who I have spoken to who were there loved the occasion, even though the game itself was a disappointment. The Rams have to look at giving first overall pick QB Jared Goff a look soon.

But the awful performance of Case Keenum did not seem to worry head coach Jeff Fisher as he told reporters that the quarterback situation will not change. Plenty to look forward to there for the rest of the season, Rams fans.

'The perfect season'

You could hear the champagne corks popping from here as the 1972 Miami Dolphins will have toasted the Eagles' victory over Minnesota to remain as the only NFL team to achieve the perfect season.

The Vikings came off the bye week and lost their first game of the season to an Eagles team which, after losing two consecutive games, needed victory to stay in touch in the NFC East.

At one stage there were five turnovers in the space of seven plays as two top defences dominated.

Cracks may be starting to appear as the Vikings injury list piles up, but they will be fine, and with the Eagles and Giants victorious and the Redskins being defeated by a surprising Detroit Lions, the NFC East is full of winning records.

Six takeaways from week seven

  • The Falcons/Chargers overtime thriller on 5 live NFL was gripping listening. Chargers overcoming a lead rather than throwing one away, and only the crossbar preventing Matt Bryant giving Atlanta the win with a 58-yard field goal.
  • We were denied two future hall-of-famers going head to head at Heinz field as Ben Roethlisberger's injury allowed Tom Brady's Patriots to ooze to 6-1. Lagarette Blount ran over the Steelers, a run defence which is becoming a major cause for concern.
  • Sunday night's 6-6 tie between the Seahawks and Cardinals was a 'choke-a-thon'. A game where every yard gained was like gold, it was two kickers who had the chance to clinch an all important divisional win. The match headed into overtime when Steven Hauschka and Chandler Catanzaro missed from 27 and 24 yards respectively to leave both teams with an ugly "and 1" at the end of their records.
  • Who do the Browns take with the number one pick? (My opinion, as I suggested on 5 live NFL, they are not as bad as everyone thinks)
  • As well as the Chargers, the Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs also recorded wins. It is hard to argue that the AFC West is not the best division in football.
  • Houston's decision to throw all that money at Brock Osweiler is looking like a bad idea and Broncos GM John Elway is now looking like a genius.

Full list of week seven results

5 live NFL features full commentary of the San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos from 19:30 GMT on Sunday on 5 live sports extra.

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