C.J. Spiller opens second half of season with his best game
The first half of C.J. Spiller's season was disenchanting.
His production disappointed. Injuries were bothersome.
Even so, the respect opponents have for Spiller apparently
never waned, not when he gained 155 yards from scrimmage and Kansas City Chiefs
cornerback Brandon Flowers said they "did a great job" containing him today in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
One week after Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone pulled him
from the lineup to rest a sprained ankle, Spiller posted season-highs in
rushing and receiving yardage. Spiller ran 12 times for 116 yards and caught
two passes for 39 yards.
"He's always a tough guy," Flowers said. "You
can see every week whenever he's healthy that he can do some things with every
"He's going to get his yards, but we just try to limit
his plays, and I think we did a great job of it."
For the first time since Spiller ran for 103 yards in Week
Two, he looked like the superstar who could go the distance on any play.
Spiller accounted for three of the Bills' four longest gains.
He had carries up the middle for 61 yards and 29 yards and added a
catch-and-run for 27 yards on a flare pass.
"It's still not there, but it's definitely very
close," Spiller said of his ankle. "Today was very encouraging to me.
"My cutting ability and exploding off it was good, but
tomorrow'll be a good day to see how it responds because this is the most work
that's got since Week Four."
Spiller's 14 touches were the most since he carried 23 times
for 77 yards in a victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week Four.
Spiller has been on the injury report since the week of the
Ravens game. First it was a strained quadriceps, then the high ankle sprain.
"He was banged up, and I think he came back explosive
today," Bills center Eric Wood said. "It's not really fair to put a
player like that, whose game is explosion, out there injured. I thought a week
off did a lot for him.
"We know what he can do. He's lost no confidence from
us. We knew he was gutting it out week-to-week. We appreciated that. We're not
looking at averages, not looking at numbers with him."
The Bills amassed 470 yards against one the NFL's best
defenses. They rushed for 241 yards, averaging 6.3 yards a carry. Fred Jackson
ran 16 times for 77 yards.
Spiller dismissed any notions about being relived to get
back to his game-breaking ways.
"To me, I don't get caught up in the stats,"
Spiller said. "It's a great day for us to run the ball the way that we did
today against a good team. They're 9-0 for a reason.
"But at the end of the day, we lost. That's the only
thing that matters."