C.J. Spiller Can Only Carry the Buffalo Bills So Far

By Andrew Fisher
C.J. Spiller
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C.J. Spiller finally had the breakout season that many were predicting in 2012. The third-year running back rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards, and hauled in another 459 yards through the air. In total he found the end zone eight times, and averaged a whopping 6.0 yards per carry. It’s now safe to say, Spiller has everybody’s attention around the NFL.

It’s clear that Spiller is now the man in the Buffalo backfield, but he’ll continue to split carries with Fred Jackson this season. I expect to see Spiller’s carries increase from his 207 a year ago, but it will still benefit the team to give Jackson his fair share of the workload.

Many fans are expecting another huge season from Spiller in 2013, and I definitely agree that he’s going to establish himself as one of the game’s best offensive players, but there’s only so much a running back can do for his team. The prognosis for Spiller’s season is great – the Buffalo Bills on the other hand, not so much.

The Bills are going to need a lot more from their offense besides astronomical numbers from No. 28. We saw how far Adrian Peterson carried the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, but it was just enough to get them into the playoffs. The Bills play in the AFC East, and they’re clearly in the the bottom half of the division as we sit here today.

If Buffalo is going to have any chance of climbing up the ranks in the AFC, the quarterback position is going to have to perform at a high level. There are some good offensive weapons in place in Buffalo, and that starts with Spiller, but they won’t amount to much if Kevin Kolb or E.J. Manuel aren’t up to task.

Bills’ fans should be excited to see what Spiller does this year, but that’s all they’ll have to look forward to each week if the QB play remains at the subpar level it’s been at for years.


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