Nov 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) warms up prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
Happy Thanksgiving Buffalowdown readers! Today we are going to look at what the Buffalo Bills should be thankful for so far this season. Although the year hasn’t exactly gone as planned there are still many positives we can take away from the season so far. I know, me looking on the bright side! That doesn’t happen very much with the Bills these days.
1. The Division Is Still Very Weak
Besides the New England Patriots, the Bills can really benefit from their weak division this season. The New York Jets, although they defeated the Bills quite easily in week one have been falling apart ever since. The Bills already defeated the Miami Dolphins, who’s flaws are becoming more apparent. They still have one game against both teams and a chance for two more victories. Not only is the division really weak, but the AFC as a whole is. It is very possible an 8-8 team makes the playoffs this season.
2. C.J. Spiller
Yes, C.J. Spiller has finally lived up to his expectations. After appearing to be a bust after his first two seasons in the league, Spiller has finally found his game in the NFL. The leader in yards per carry, C.J. has become the most explosive member of the Bills roster (and one that was certainly worth a first round pick).
3. The Defense Is Playing Better!
Its not saying a ton, but the defense is looking a lot better than they did earlier in the season. Mario Williams has been much more effective since his wrist procedure. Players like Moore and Merriman are making good plays. Leodis McKelvin actually had a good game at cornerback in relief of Aaron Williams. These are all very good signs for the Bills defensively.
4. Injuries Haven’t Killed Them
The past two years the Bills have suffered so many injuries that by the end of the season the team looked nothing like it did at the start. This season they’ve managed to stay off the IR a tad more. Besides losing David Nelson, Erik Pears, and Cordy Glenn for a short time the offense hasn’t really been affected at all. When either Spiller or Fred Jackson has been hurt the other has been able to step right in. Kelsay is playing well replacing Mark Anderson. Lets all knock on wood that they don’t get a rash of injuries at the end of the year.
5. Stephon Gilmore Is Pretty Darn Good
This year’s first round pick is looking like it was a pretty good one. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t so sure it would be from the start. However, Gilmore is certainly the Bills best cornerback. He should only get better from here and hopefully will become a cornerstone of the defense.
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