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C.J. Spiller's 'Madden NFL 13' ratings bumped up

The masterminds behind "Madden NFL 13" are watching and tweaking -- always.

On the heels of C.J. Spiller's monstrous start to the season, programmers at EA Sports have upped his player rating, The Buffalo News reported.

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The Buffalo Bills running back went into the season with an 80 ranking, but that's been lifted to an 86. Spiller's elusiveness count went from 91 to 98, trailing only LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Devin Hester.

He still ranks lower than Bills back Fred Jackson, whose injury in Week 1 set Spiller free to rumble over the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

Spiller leads the NFL with 292 rushing yards and his yards per attempt mark (10.1) sounds closer to a Madden beatdown than anything happening in the real world. He's been sensational out of the gate, but was this a knee-jerk reaction from the EA people?

Possibly not. The argument for Spiller is how well he fits in Buffalo's fast-paced spread offense, which dots receivers across the field and opens lanes for backs. We saw Spiller evolve toward the end of last season and his expanded role in the Bills attack is here to stay.

Good move, Madden brainiacs.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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