Bills execute in win over Chiefs
Ever since C.J. Spiller arrived in Buffalo, one question has been front and center surrounding the Clemson product. Was he worth the ninth overall selection in the 2010 draft? After all, the Bills were set at running back, with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. The team had far more pressing needs, including left tackle. Chan Gailey labeled Spiller "too good to pass up," and after two dynamic performances this season, we may be starting to see why.
Spiller had 123 yards on just 15 carries, which comes out to 8.2 yards per carry, with two touchdowns. He added three receptions for 47 yards through the air.
"We knew coming into this game we had to be very decisive running," said Spiller. "We had to put our foot down and getting what it takes. It all starts with preparation."
Spiller's production out of the backfield that will undoubtedly affect opposing team's game plans from here on out.
"We would rather be a physical run team that throws it when they have to or throws it on surprise situations," said Chan Gailey. "That is what we would rather be. We will continue to work down this path as much as we can."
Through the air, Ryan Fitzpatrick's stat line reads ten of 19 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. However, it took a bouce back for him to get there. The Bills quarterback started the game three of eight, for 36 yards. The bulk of his passing yards came on the same third quarter drive, where he completed passes of 43 yards to Scott Chandler a 49 yard touchdown to Stevie Johnson.
"To make the plays in the passing game when you have to make a play," Fitzpatrick analyzed. "The long one to Scott (Chandler), the long one to Stevie (Johnson)—I thought we did such a good job up front today keeping me clean and really just controlling the line of scrimmage. That was big for us."
Defensively, Mario Williams made his first big play for the Bills. The 6'6" defensive end recovered a fumble in the second quarter, which helped to set up the Bills third touchdown. He was limited to just two tackles in the game, but his presence helped the Bills record five sacks - including two by defensive linemate Kyle Williams and one by Marcell Dareus.
"It’s easy for everybody when everybody is getting after it," said Mario Williams. "When a quarterback has to step up and you’ve got them sliding the line for protection or chips with the running back or tight ends somebody is going to get a one on one."
After Sunday's action, all AFC East teams are tied at 1-1. The Jets fell 27-10 to the Steelers. The Patriots were upset by Arizona on a last minute missed field goal, and the Dolphins got in the win column by rolling over the Patriots.