Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Bill Belichick: C.J. Spiller 'impressive'
By James Walker
The New England Patriots (12-3) are one victory away from a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only thing standing in their way is the Buffalo Bills (6-9), who are 1-7 in their past eight games.
But Buffalo showed it is still capable of upsets. Last week the Bills pummeled quarterback Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos during a 40-14 win. Bills tailback and 2010 first-round pick C.J. Spiller (111 yards, one touchdown) had the first 100-yard game of his career.
Now, it's New England's job to contain Spiller. He provides the best chance for Buffalo to surprise the Patriots.
Here were Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's thoughts on Spiller Wednesday:
"He's done a great job. We know that he’s an explosive player that is capable of big plays. He’s shown that since he came into the league. He had a long kickoff against us last year. He continues to do it now in every phase of the game, whether it’s pass receiving, he can get down the field, he can take short passes like screen passes and check downs and turn them into long runs. He’s done a good job of running the ball inside and outside, breaking tackles, outrunning guys, using good run vision to get to the holes and get through them. He’s done a terrific job. [Fred] Jackson is a tremendous back and we have all the respect in the world for Fred Jackson but Spiller has stepped in there and had the same kind of production that Jackson had. He’s been very impressive."