Dec. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) and running back Fred Jackson (22) before the game against the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sportsi

Two-Tiered Attack Key for Bills


The Buffalo Bills have had a roller coaster of a season so far.  There have been a couple of games, that were close and they should have and could have won.  But their record is what it is and they have to look forward and take every game one at a time.

A key for the Bills to be successful in the late stretch needs to be a 2 dimensional game plan.

They were able to win against the Jets with a mediocre running game, but that will not always be the case in the coming games.

To win games consistently, there needs to be ball control and with that comes a 2 dimensional offensive plan.

“We just have to go back and look at the beginning of the season and see what we were doing great and what was really working well for us and just get back to that,” said

C.J. Spiller. “At the end of the day the running game is our bread and butter here, especially in the conditions that we play in here. You have to be able to run the ball.”

 

A recognized running game will also open up the passing game, which with Manuel back into the swing, seems to be where it needs to be.

With the Bills having two pro bowl backs in their backfield, there should be no excuse to have under 100 yards per game on the ground.  Jackson and Spiller need to realize what needs to be done and get it done for the Bills to be successful.

“We just have to go back and look at the beginning of the season and see what we were doing great and what was really working well for us and just get back to that,” said

C.J. Spiller. “At the end of the day the running game is our bread and butter here, especially in the conditions that

 

“We had a meeting as running backs and said that we have to get this thing fixed,” said

Fred Jackson on the heels of the team’s 68-yard rushing performance against the Jets. “The offensive line feels the same way. We can’t go out and put a performance like that in week in and week out and expect the other guys to carry us throwing the ball. It’s something that we’re all very mindful of and want to get fixed and have to get fixed.”

With 5 games remaining, there are 4 teams that are ranked 26th or worse in the league when it comes to defending the run.  The only team that is not in the bottom is Tampa Bay.  They are ranked 9th overall allowing just over 101 yards per game.

 

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  • NWBill

    You think these two RBs don’t realize what needs to get done? Here’s reality in the NFL: teams, especially their defensive coordinators (if they’re any good) will game plan to take away the opponent’s assets on offense. It’s their JOB. So, the fact that the Bills – who everybody knows has grade-A RBs – STILL is fourth in the league in rushing should tell you something. I think the balance needs – and will eventually – to come when EJ and his receivers develop more rhythm and chemistry on the field. Buffalo also needs to draft the best WR available next spring ….because Stevie’s on the downslope of his career, and the Bills need a STUD WR to give to EJ for those middle-of-the-field and sideline yards this offense needs the most. They’ve got the long-range weapons; now what they need is a consistent WR to move the chains with on those 10-15yd and sideline plays.

    It’s not the RBs and the running game, Dennis – it’s the short-to-intermediate passing game that needs more work. Get that upgraded, and then teams will REALLY have to pick their poison when playing Buffalo – exactly where we want them to be.

  • chas territo

    I see good games up coming for our rushing attack, even TB! We have 2 good RB’s and the miscues will be corrected since they had a bye week to fix them. Unlike NWBill, I believe Stevie is not on his down slope, he had injuries. He only has a few years playing. Some just don’t like Stevie which is really dumb! When he’s in there, the Bills DO play better. To discount him and his results are not right!! Grab a good WR? WE have good WR’s. Some are just blind to what we have. Losses are why some seek more than what we have, dumb. In next years draft, A good tackle or guard first, then another LB. If there isn’t a very good O lineman available, draft the LB, then draft the O lineman. We are just a few players short of a very good team. GO BILLS!!