Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson Will Flourish Under Doug Marrone in 2013

By Scott DelleFave
C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the Buffalo Bills having a great running game in 2012 that amassed 2,217 yards — the most for the team since 1992 — most Bills fans weren’t too thrilled with that for one reason or another. That’s likely due to the fact the team went 6-10, but in 2013, new head coach Doug Marrone is placing no limits on the run game which could send that running yards  total up even higher than last year. Additionally, both featured running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson feel like they have a lot to prove. Jackson has proving to do after having injuries cut his season short, and Spiller needs to prove that he can be an every down back despite having 1244 yards on only 207 carries.

One of the best things about this tandem that has earned league-wide respect is that they are mostly two different backs. Spiller can burn nearly anyone in the league, and Jackson can physically run people over with his stiff arm that can stymie any defender.

Also with Marrone, it’s extremely likely that both running backs will catch the ball out of the backfield a lot more as well due to a well-documented overhaul of the Bills receiver corps. That has been a dire team need outside of Stevie Johnson as the team’s only solid wide receiver. All in all, this could be a great season for the Bills and their excellent running back tandem who will give opposing teams’ defensive coordinators migraines and sleepless nights due to their abilities.

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