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During the 2012 season the Buffalo Bills backfield was an odd, nonsensical place. An offense that often struggled to score points — a crucial element in the fight to win football games — refused to put the ball in the hands of its best player much more regularly. That players’ name is C.J. Spiller, and his 6.0 yards per carry placed him in a tie for the league lead with Adrian Peterson. Yeah, he was pretty alright.

At first his opportunities came when Fred Jackson combusted early again, which led to Spiller’s incredible 364 all-purpose yards (292 of which came on the ground) and three touchdowns over just the first two games. Then something maddening happened: when Jackson returned he often remained a sidekick. Robin to his Batman, Luigi to his Mario, etc etc.

That ends now.

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Pretty much every day I read something from the guys over at Pro Football Focus that makes me say uhhh me say “ummm, what the hell?” They know the function of those crooked lines on calculators, and use them to amaze and astound.

Often when I see their work either on their site or through Twitter, I bank it somewhere for use in a future post. But there are rare times when the what?!? factor is so overwhelming that the factoid at hand is worthy of discussion on its own. This is one of those times.

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UPDATE: This was inevitable, but the Bills have officially announced that Jackson is done for the year. #FreeCJ

Our ancestors spoke of this day, this glorious, triumphant day when the professional football team in Buffalo would be forced to do something grand and innovative, and give the ball to the best player on their offense regularly. It’s dangerous football land that’s rarely been traversed by even the most creative offensive minds. But lo, the Bills and head coach Chan Gailey will be brave, because they have no choice.

They must (*pauses for dramatic effect, sips brandy, realizes it’s 9:30 a.m., sips brandy again*) start C.J. Spiller.

(*drinks all of the brandy*)

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The playoffs are in full swing and every start-sit decision is crucial. This week, we give permanent green-light status to a rookie QB, consider benching one of Buffalo’s unappreciated running backs, and throw up the red light for one star running back.

 Green Light: Russell Wilson

It has been a pleasure to watch Russell Wilson develop this season. With 15+ fantasy points in each of the last 5 weeks vs CHI, MIA, MIN, NYJ and DET, he’s proven that owners don’t need to flex him out against good defenses anymore. Critics cautioned he would struggle in the pros because he wasn’t tall enough to see over the offensive line. Yet somehow, Wilson has gone through the season with just eight interceptions, while getting just 1.4% of his passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage (the league average is 1.9%).

Taking on an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season appears to be a daunting task. Not for Wilson. In seven road starts, he has eight TDs and eight INTs. Yes, that means he has zero interceptions at home and 11 touchdowns to boot. With Sunday’s game coming at home in Seattle, I’m giving Wilson the full green light. Read the rest of this entry »

The lovely folks at Score Digital let me watch games on the weekends. Not even that, they pay me for it. For that I’m permanently indebted. This will never happen again. I assume Sal Paolantonio doesn’t give a fuck about said perks as he butters his bagels at Lincoln Financial Field.

With that said, I miss watching Bills games at bars. I miss watching games with a bunch of overgrown children who haven’t realized Dan Marino is an assclown. Straight up, Marino is Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Now that you’ve Googled said name and filed several justified complaints — I reached too far– let’s get to to the game.

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The Buffalo Bills will be without Fred Jackson for their Week 11 divisional tilt against the Miami Dolphins after the running back suffered a concussion Sunday.

On the season, Jackson has rushed for 298 yards on 75 carries with three touchdowns.

After only receiving 12.7 touches per game, C.J. Spiller will assume the role of starter and instantly becomes a top five fantasy RB, even against a Dolphins defense that allows only 94.2 yards per game. Before the Titans’ Chris Johnson ran for 126 yards Sunday, the Dolphins defense hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 22 straight games.

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I’ll keep this brief-ish, because I’ve invited the C.J. Spiller rant into my pores on a near weekly basis. I’m not sure that I can sustain the punishment much longer. If you don’t hear from me again for a while after this post, tell my family I love them.

Yesterday during the Bills’ loss to the Patriots that was far closer than many anticipated — which caused at least one 100 Yards and Running contributor to vandalize parts of an office — the best player on Buffalo’s offense once again received fewer carries and fewer touches overall than his counterpart at his position. The player I’m referring to is, of course, Spiller, and the mooch who continues to steal the workload that should be his is Fred Jackson.

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