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BDC 9/10: Spiller Sets Career High

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 10, 2012 – 9:29 am


— The Buffalo Bills dropped the 2012 season opener, 48-28, to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the day with 195 yards on 18-of-32 passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions.  RB C.J Spiller tallied a career-high 169 yards on 14 carries, including a career-long 56-yard touchdown.  WRs Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson each notched touchdown catches, along with TE Scott Chandler.  On defense, LB Bryan Scott recorded an interception early in the first quarter.

WGR 550 – The Howard Simon Show
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick – 9:00 AM

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Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM

RB C.J. Spiller
— 169 rushing yds. are new career-high (old: 111 vs. Den., 12/24/11) … 2nd 100-yd. rushing game of career … most rushing yds. by Bill since 212 by Fred Jackson vs. Ind., 1/3/10 and most by Bill in season opener since 173 by O.J. Simpson vs. N.Y.J., 9/21/75

— 19th player in Bills history with 2+ 100-yd. rushing performance

— Sixth straight game in which he has led team in rushing yds. … Has led team in rushing yds. eight times in career

— Became 24th player in Bills history with 1,000+ career rushing yds.

— Scored TD on 56-yd. rush in 2nd qtr. … along with 2 TDs vs. Mia. 12/18/11 and single TDs vs. Den. 12/24/11 and at N.E. 1/1/12, extended TD streak to 4 games … continues first TD streak of NFL career … four-game TD streak is longest by Bill since Fred Jackson’s 5-game streak in games 2-6, 2011 … has scored TD in 5 of last 6 games

— 56-yd. rush was career-long (old: 38 vs. Den., 12/24/11) … longest TD rush by a Bill since Fred Jackson’s 80-yd. effort at N.Y.G., 10/16/11 … 32nd TD run in Bills history of 50+ yds. … Spiller is 18th different Bill to score on 50+ yd. rush

— 2nd straight season with TD in season opener (had TD rush in 2011 at K.C.)

— Career-high 194 scrimmage yds. (old high: 167 (91 + 76) vs. Mia., 12/18/11) … Fifth career game with 100+ and 4th straight; also had 138 (111 + 27) vs. Den. 12/24/11 and 100 (60 + 40) at N.E. 1/1/12

WR Donald Jones
— Scored TD on six-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. to reduce Jets lead to 41-21 … third career TD, first since 9/11/11 at K.C. … Second straight season with TD in season opener

— Has rec. in 16 of last 17 games

— Needs four rec. to become 70th player in Bills history with 50+ in career

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
— Made second career appearance in season opener … also started in 2011 opener, going 17-of-25 for 208 yds. with four TD & 0 INT at K.C.

— Threw three TDs passes … 16th multi-TD game in career, first since throwing for three at N.Y.J., 11/27/11 … three of 16 multi-TD games have occurred vs. Jets … 9th time in career with 3+ TD passes

— Has TD in 32 of 40 games played as Bill

— 59 career TDs with Bills remains fourth on club all-time chart … 18 behind #3 Jack Kemp (77)

— Has thrown 18 TD passes to Steve Johnson … the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo is one of just eight tandems in team history with 18+ TDs

— Remains fifth on Bills all-time completion list with 753 … 152 behind #4 Drew Bledsoe (905)

— Remains fifth on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 8,449 … 1,702 behind #4 Drew Blesdoe (10,151)

— 12-of-20 for 134 yds. on four TD drives

— 5-of-8 for 58 yds. on 4th qtr. TD drive which reduced Jets’ lead to 41-21 … drive, which ended with 6-yd. TD pass to Donald Jones, consumed 96 yds. on 13 plays and used 6:14 of clock … 96-yd. drive was longest by Bills since 96-yd. drive (using 7 plays), 9/25/11 vs. N.E. … 13-play scoring drive was longest by Bills since 15-play trek (covering 80 yards) 12/4/11 vs. Ten.

WR Stevie Johnson
— Extended rec. streak to career-long 33 straight games

— 174 career rec. … Remains 16th on Bills all-time reception list, 1 behind co-#14s O.J. Simpson (175) and Fred Jackson (175) … six behind #13 Joe Cribbs (180)

— 2,244 career rec. yds. … Ranks 19th on Bills all-time chart … 44 behind #18 Chris Burkett (2,288) … 60 behind #17 Jay Riemersma (2,304) … 293 behind #17 Don Beebe (2,537)

— Scored TD on 29-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. to trim Jets lead to 41-28 … 20th TD of career; became 27th Bill with 20+ TDs in career (14th with 20+ rec. TDs) … Johnson has caught 18 TDs from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, ranking the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo eighth in Bills history

TE Scott Chandler
— Scored TD on five-yd. rec. in third qtr. … seventh TD of career (all of previous six occurred in 2011)

— Second straight year with TD in season opener (had 2 in 2011 at K.C.) … Now has nine rec. for 101 yds. with three TDs in two season openers (had 5-63 with 2 TDs last year)

LB Bryan Scott
— Recorded interception on game’s opening drive … Eighth INT of career (fourth as Bill), first since 10/2/11 at Cin. … first INT in season opener

— Scott’s teams are 5-3 when he records INT (Bills are 2-2)

— Forced fumble on Shonn Greene rush in second qtr., but Jets kept ball … seventh FF of career, third with Bills … First FF since 11/22/09 at Jax. … All three FFs with Buffalo have resulted in offense retaining possession

September 10, 1967 — GREATEST COMEBACK BY BILLS IN THE 1960s

Buffalo rallied for 20 fourth quarter points to upset the N.Y. Jets, 20-17, in front of a War Memorial Stadium record crowd of 45,748.

Head Coach Chan Gailey
Opening statement…
Before we start questions, a bit injury wise, both of them were knees.  Fred (Jackson) doesn’t look as bad as David (Nelson).  We don’t know how bad David is but it doesn’t look good right now.  Fred doesn’t look nearly as bad but we are going to get a further evaluation tomorrow.  We made too many mistakes early to get in the ball game and we have got some things we have got to work on and I understand that.  

On how disappointing this game was…
It hurts. It is no fun. It is awful, all of the above.  This is a cliché and I understand it.  It is one (game) of 16 and if you win enough, you get in the playoffs.  This was a learning experience and if you don’t, then it was the start of something bad.  That is the bottom line.  I understand that.  I think our football team understands that, but we are not going to go around like the sky is falling.  We are not going to do that.  I am not going to do that and I am not going to let them do that.  We didn’t show it today.  There were some things that we did better, but overall we didn’t show it today, but I think we have a chance to be a good football team before it is over with and nobody will change my mind until we get to the end. 

On C.J. Spiller…
He had a couple of huge runs.  He made some big plays which we saw last year.  He is capable of doing that, almost made another big one on the pass.  There were some positive things out of him and we know what we have got in him, and we are going to keep running him because we can score as fast with him running it as we can throwing the football.  We don’t mind that at all and it was a good job by him and we are going to have to rely on him a lot more until we get Fred back. 

On Ryan Fitzpatrick…
Really bad early.  Some of those I put him in bad situations with some play calls. After we got past a couple of those bad situations, he did some decent things.  Overall it was not a good day.  It was a bad day for him. 

RB C.J. Spiller
On what he saw during his touchdown run…
Well, my offensive line did a great job of hitting those guys up and (forming) the seam that I had to keep the front side from the blitz that they were bringing. The receivers and tight ends were doing a great job blocking downfield. We always said it’s going to be one man that we have to beat. I saw 30 (LaRon Landry) and the way he was trying to play it, I just knew I had a chance, got running and broke a couple of tackles and was able to get in the end zone.

On if he agreed on the referee’s fumble call…
I didn’t think it was, but the refs, they call what they call. I didn’t think I totally had possession of it, but I just have to do a better job of bringing it in. My quarterback did a great job of putting it right where he’s been told to put it through training camp and in preparation for this game. It’s my job to bring it in so I can’t leave it up to the refs. I just have to get better at that this week and the rest of the season.


Bills RB C.J. Spiller rushed for a career-high 169 yards, including 56-yard touchdown, on Sunday. 

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The Sports Network-NY Jets 48, Buffalo 28

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The Sports Network-Bills’ Johnson active for Sunday humbled in 48-28 loss to Jets RB Jackson leaves with leg injury a beacon in dark defeat Head coach Chan Gailey RB C.J. Spiller

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
Bills Focus: Spiller Steps it Up
Bills Roundup: Turnovers Hault Hope for Victory
Mario Williams Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Bills postgame press conference
Stevie Johnson 29-yard TD
Jones 6-yard TD
Fitzpatrick to Chandler for 5-yard TD
Spiller 68-yard TD
Sanchez intercepted 

WGR 550
Jets loss is tough to swallow
Bills Grounded by Jets; Jackson Hurt
SIMON: I Feel Like Charlie Brown
Buscaglia: Sideline Reactions: Jets 48 – Bills 28
CAPACCIO: Hot Reads: Bills/Jets
Bills vs. Jets highlights
Stevie Johnson 29-yard TD
Fitzpatrick to Chandler for 5-yard TD
Fred Jackson injury
GameDay: Bills vs. Jets highlights
Bills postgame press conference 

Russo Blog – Bills “Embarrassed” by Jets
Bills Lose Season Opener 

Bills lose season opener 48-28
Jackson goes down in game one 

Sanchez, defense lead Jets past Bills 48-28
Bills RB Jackson leaves with leg injury 

Jets Roll over Bills in Opener
Bills Breakdown
Bills Report Card 

Jets destroy Bills in season opener 

Jets blowout Bills in season opener
Bills lose Jackson in opener 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Chan: the sky is not falling, Fred to have MRI, Sun could be issue for returners, Jets inactives, Bills inactives, Stevie is playing, Stevie not warming up w/other WRs, Pears to rotate with Hairston, Fitz last outing vs. Jets promising, Thigpen earns added respect, Dareus wants to deliver, C.J.: Composure will be key

AFC East Blog (
Fitzpatrick’s Jekyll-Hyde act getting old
Rapid Reaction: Jets 48, Bills 28
Jets pounding Bills in first half
Scott: ‘We don’t care what people think’ 

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Chan Gailey: ‘Don’t kick the dirt on us yet’
Aaron Maybin: ‘It feels good. I’ll say that’
Versus Bills, Sanchez makes it as simple as 123.4
Mario Williams left fuming about no calls
Signs point to David Nelson being out a long while
Points after: Jets 48, Bills 28
Fred Jackson done for the day with knee injury
Inactives: T.J. Graham healthy scratch, Stevie a go
Greetings from the Meadowlands
Live chat: Bills-Jets pregame begins at noon with Jay Skurski
Video: Graham analysis of what went wrong for Bills
Video: Dissecting the Bills’ loss on [BN]TheHuddle 

Pro Football Talk
Mario Williams thinks replacement officials did horrible job
Bills fear David Nelson suffered serious knee injury
It’s a rout at the Meadowlands
Fred Jackson gets hurt just before Bills get on board
Stevie Johnson will start, Sione Pouha won’t play 

AFC East Daily
Howard gets best of Williams, Williams blames refs
Terrible Team Performance In Blowout Loss
Jets Embarrass Bills 48-28 

Buffalo Rumblings
Jets 48, Bills 28: Mario Williams Is Not A Happy Camper
Buffalo Bills’ David Nelson Will Have Monday MRI, Too
Jets 48, Bills 28: New-Look Bills Resemble The Old Ones
Buffalo Bills’ Fred Jackson To Have MRI On Monday
Jets Open Up 27-7 Lead On Bills In First Half
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Bills vs. Jets: Stevie Johnson Is Active, But Not 100 Percent
Bills vs. Jets: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds & More 

Kryk Slants
Jets destroy Bill$ — and all that hope
Immediate Reactions: Jets 372, Bills 28 

NFL Rapid Reports
Bills lose RB Fred Jackson, WR David Nelson to injury
Bills inactives vs. Jets 

Wellsville Daily Reporter
Bills hope to take flight in opener against Jets 

Buffalo Wins
Sunday School: Gailey, Fitz continue to snooze through Jets lesson plan 

Pro Football Weekly
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