It’s incredible what a little rest and relaxation can do.
Sitting out a week wasn’t the way C.J. Spiller wanted things to happen, but it looks like it was the best thing for the Buffalo Bills running back.
Spiller, in tandem with old goat and stellar running back Fred Jackson, combined to run all over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a 23-13 loss to the still-unbeaten AFC West leaders. Jackson ran for 77 yards on 16 carries (good for 4.8 yards per carry), but it was Spiller who made the most noise. An electrifying 61-yard run gave way to a 116-yard effort on the day. Spiller got just 12 carries, but made the most of it by averaging 9.6 ypc. More importantly than anything else, he looked like the Spiller of old. He bounced in and out of lanes, cut on a dime, and exploded into open areas like few others can. He’s clearly a matchup problem, regardless of the defense he’s facing, and even looked like a threat out of the back field again, catching a pair of passes for 39 yards
Admittedly, it’s still a little maddening that he’s not getting the amount of touches we all expected at the start of the year – something about running him until he puked – but with the impact he’s had, you can’t really be all that upset with. Unless you’re a fantasy football owner, then you want death and destruction for anyone who doesn’t score several touchdowns per week, which is totally understandable.
Spiller isn’t 100 percent healthy yet – he did come up limping at one point – but noted that he’s very close. “It’s still not there, but it’s definitely very close,” Spiller said of his ankle. “Today was very encouraging to me.”
Week 10 could prove to be the matchup Spiller has been waiting for: the Pittsburgh Steelers are 31st in the league against the run and coming off a 55-31 beating at the hands of the New England Patriots.
Commence the drooling.