The Buffalo Bills may have lost their game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on the part of their running game. After C.J. Spiller missed last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints he was back in the lineup and looked as good as he had all season long. He rejoined forces with fellow RBs Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice to roll up 241 yards on the ground against the Chiefs, a season high for the trio.
Spiller had 116 yards on 12 carries on Sunday. Jackson added 77 on 16 and Choice had 17 on five. It was the Bills’ best day on the ground to date in a game where they needed it the most. They were down to their third string QB Jeff Tuel, and he needed all of the help he could get in order to beat the undefeated Chiefs. The running game gave him all that they had and then some, but in the end the inexperience of Tuel was too much for the squad to overcome.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the performance of Buffalo’s running game on Sunday was that they did it against a Chiefs defense who had absolutely no respect for the Bills’ passing game. The Chiefs were stacking up against the run game and daring the Bills to beat them with Tuel’s arm. To OC Nathaniel Hackett‘s credit he didn’t bite. When he found out that the Chiefs had no answer for the Buffalo running game he kept jamming it down their throats. Unfortunately too many mistakes in the passing game made the Bills move away from the running game in the fourth quarter.
With the weather about to turn and E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis heading back into the lineup the running game of the Bills will be more important than ever. If they can come close to the production that they showed against the Chiefs then they can do some real damage in the soft portion of their schedule. If the three-headed monster of the Bills can stay healthy, which was an issue in the first half, they will be very tough to deal with moving forward.