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C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson ignored in Buffalo Bills' loss

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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The only one who seems to be able to stop C.J. Spiller is Chan Gailey.

The Buffalo Bills dynamic running back leads the league with 7.2 yards per carry -- the next running back is Adrian Peterson with 5.7 yards per carry.

Gailey, revered in many NFL circles as an offensive guru, took some heat on Monday for abandoning the run in Sunday's 21-9 loss to the Houston Texans, who give up just 82.4 yards per game on the ground.

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"I wish we could've run it more the other day, but it was one of those situations where we thought it best to throw the football," Gailey said Monday, according to The Associated Press. "And it didn't work."

With a halftime deficit of only 7-6, Gaily abandoned the run -- the Bills handed it off just three times after the half. With a chance to take the lead, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three straight incompletions to start the third quarter. Houston scored a touchdown on the next possession and the Bills were playing catch-up.

Spiller ran the ball just six times, but gained 6.5 yards per attempt. Fred Jackson also only had six carries (five in the first half) for 21 yards.

Even the quarterback knows his running backs need to see the ball more.

"That's no secret. ... We know we've got to give (Spiller) the ball, and we've just got to find ways to do it," Fitzpatrick said. "But if we execute in the red zone and we score four touchdowns rather than attempt four field goals, then all of a sudden everybody's not talking about all that. They're talking about how great we did."

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