Rookie C.J Spiller Shines In Buffalo Bills’ Win Over Indianapolis Colts

August 20th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Buffalo Bills got their first win under the Chan Gailey era, in what was a complete effort from a team that had been searching for an identity last season on into the off season in 2010.  Against the defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts, the Bills got a win 34-21.

This win was aided by rookie first round pick C.J Spiller, out of Clemson, who shined in the second preseason game of the year, against the Indianapolis Colts.  Spiller took off and scored on a 31-yard run in the first minutes of the first quarter to set the tone for the game.

Spiller started in this one, as the two running backs ahead of him right no won the depth chart were injured, in Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.  They may not be ahead of him for much longer on the depth chart is Spiller continues to show development and improvement however.  On the night, Spiller carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards and one score.

“I think you can see tonight why we drafted C.J.,” Gailey said after the game. “Obviously, running the ball is what he does best. And he made an unbelievable run on that touchdown.”

On his touchdown run, Spiller broke through several tackles, as he was unwilling to go down.  He could be a huge asset to the team, looking ahead at the 2010 Buffalo Bills Team Preview.

“I knew there were going to be a lot of people that wanted to see what I could with both of our guys down,” said Spiller afterward. “It felt good to get out there and make a couple of plays.”

The quarterback competition in Buffalo remains open, but Trent Edwards made a claim for him to be the starter, going five of eight for 93 yards. That included a 70-yard touchdown pass to receiver Lee Evans.

On the other side of the equation, the Colts fell to 0-2 in the preseason, but again held out several starters.

Peyton played a few series, completing eight of 15 passes for 91 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

Back up quarterback Curtis Painter had a much better performance in the second game as opposed to the first.  Painter went five of six for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Entering the game, the Bills were set as a three-point favorite to defeat the Colts and covered easily.  The over/under was set at 34 points, which was achieved by Buffalo alone, and cleared the over on USA Online Sportsbooks.

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