Buffalo Bills Prove Wins Are Team Effort; C.J. Spiller Leaves Early With Injury

By Adam Pfeifer
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

So, there’s good news and bad news. Which would you like first?

Let’s start with the good news.

The Buffalo Bills were victorious over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday with a score of 24-14. Buffalo improves to 2-1 on the season as they prepare for a divisional showdown against the New England Patriots next week.

Both newly acquired defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson recorded their first sacks as members of the team, while Stevie Johnson caught a touchdown pass for the fourth straight game. The Buffalo defense gave rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden a difficult time, picking him off twice and sacking him four times.

Other than the defense, I believe credit must be given to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for today’s victory. He kept the offense afloat after Spiller went down. Fitz played with patience in the pocket, and threw the ball with great precision. His stat line was 22 of 35 for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns (one of which to Spiller). Most importantly, Fitzpatrick did not turn the ball over, which he has had problems with.

Also, the Bills offensive line played another strong game, having only allowed one sack in these first three games.

And the bad news:

During the first quarter of today’s game, NFL leading rusher C.J. Spiller went down with an apparent shoulder injury. Bills fans were holding their breath for several minutes as Spiller remained on the ground for several minutes. Spiller did not return to the game and will have an MRI on Monday

If Spiller was to miss a significant amount of time, the Bills offense could be in some trouble. He has been the focal point of the offense, and Tashard Choice certainly can’t make up for the absence of Spiller.

The team is already without starting running back Fred Jackson, who suffered a knee sprain in Week 1. However, head coach Chan Gailey told reporters that Jackson is ahead of schedule in the healing process. Jackson was originally supposed to miss 1-2 months, but now may be able to come back next week.


   Adam Pfeifer is a Buffalo Bills columnist for Rant Sports.

   You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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