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Thursday, August 19, 2010
C.J. Spiller ignites Buffalo's offense with TD

By Tim Graham

TORONTO -- C.J. Spiller has flashed the skills that made him the ninth overall pick in the draft and the first running back off the board.

Spiller ended a slump of 20 straight preseason possessions without a touchdown for the Buffalo Bills first-teamers with a dazzling 31-yard run on their opening series Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts in the Rogers Centre.

Spiller started because of injuries to veterans Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.

On his second touch of the game -- the first was a 4-yard run for a first down on the preceding play -- he made a defender miss in the backfield and darted outside, up the left sideline. He eluded Colts safety Antoine Bethea near the goal line and trotted into the end zone to give the Bills a 7-0 lead and ended a Buffalo drought that dated back to 2008.

The Spiller pick was met with skepticism because the Bills had so many other needs, particularly at quarterback, left tackle and nose tackle. With a pair of 1,000-yard backs already on the roster, Spiller seemed like a luxury.

On that play, he certainly looked like a luxury.

By the way, they reopened the roof before kickoff. Much better.