C.J. Spiller's debut cold to the touch

September, 13, 2010
9/13/10
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller discovered regular-season NFL games aren't the same as exhibitions. In the preseason, teams usually don't game plan for an opponent.

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In his first professional game that counted, Spiller was snuffed.

The Miami Dolphins made stopping Spiller a priority. They were rather successful in eliminating him as a factor and opened the campaign with a 15-10 triumph over the Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Spiller had 11 offensive touches for 14 yards.

"I've got to do a better job of making guys miss," Spiller said. "As soon as I was there, they were right down on top of my toes."

Spiller was so dazzling in the preseason, the Dolphins knew corralling him was critical. They did so by diverting him inside.

"We were told to set the edges, and I think we did that pretty well," said Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi, who had a much more satisfying NFL debut with a sack and two quarterback hits. "He wasn't able to get outside where he likes to run. I think we did a pretty good job of holding him back."

Spiller had six carries for 7 yards, and one of those went for 6 yards.

Trent Edwards targeted Spiller six times. Four of those passes were completed for 8 yards -- with a long play of 9 yards.

Spiller had one kickoff return for 11 yards.

"I know it's not the best I can play," Spiller said. "I got to pick it up. I got to make plays. I can't sit around for someone else to make them."

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