It’s been way too long since we’ve gotten to do one of these.
After each Bills win this season, here at BLD we’ve had a reader poll to give out the “game ball” for that game to the person most responsible for Buffalo’s win. Sadly, we haven’t had to do one since Buffalo’s win over Washington…in October.
But here we finally are again. Here’s your candidates for game ball:
RB C.J. Spiller (16 carries, 111 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 27 yards) – Spiller was very impressive again Saturday, as he’s mostly been since getting the starting job. You have to wonder what his stat line would have looked like if Chan Gailey would give him the freaking ball more often. This man could be a big-time star, people.
CB/PR Leodis McKelvin (3 PR, 135 yards, 45.o yards per return, 1 TD) – It’s certainly been a tough year for the former first-round pick on the defensive side of the ball, but he had himself an excellent day on special teams yesterday, setting the Bills’ all-time record for punt return yardage in a game. His electrifying touchdown really gave the Bills a huge shot in the arm and set Buffalo on the path to victory. Maybe return specialist needs to be McKelvin’s niche on this team in 2012.
CB/KR Justin Rogers (INT, 2 passes defended, 3 tackles; 3 kick returns, 101 yards, 33.7 yards per return) – It’s looking more and more like Buffalo got yet another late-round draft steal. A 7th-round pick this year, Rogers has seen the field more and more and the season has progressed, and it all came together yesterday. He recorded his first career interception and looked very good in coverage. Don’t rule out Rogers and fellow rookie Aaron Williams as Buffalo’s starting corners next year. Rogers also had a good day on kick returns. He’s fearless and runs HARD on those returns. A nice change from Brad Smith jogging to the 15-yard line and falling over every return.
LB Chris Kelsay (9 tackles, 2 sacks, “forced interception”) – Kelsay had the game of his career yesterday, wreaking havoc in the Denver backfield. On top of his two sacks, he hit Tebow as he threw to cause an interception that Spencer Johnson returned for a touchdown.
There’s your choices. So who deserves the game ball?