After another big day, C.J. Spiller has had more than his fill of losing

'It doesn’t matter if you lose by one point or lose the way we did today…losing sucks'

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Miami . (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Miami . (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

"Losing sucks."

That was C.J. Spiller's bottom-line take on a game in which the former Clemson star continued to assert himself as one of the NFL's most productive and explosive running backs.

While the Bills struggled to a 24-10 loss to the Dolphins at Miami, Spiller was on fire. He rushed for 138 yards on 22 carries - including a Clemson-esque 62-yard run - and caught four passes for 35 yards. The sum total of his day's work: 26 touches for 173 yards.

After it was over, Spiller didn't have all that much he wanted to talk about.

“You know, every time you lose a game it’s tough," he said. "Our plan was to come down here and get a win and have a nice trip back. It doesn’t matter if you lose by one point or lose the way we did today…losing sucks.

"But I’m proud of my guys for having great character, playing hard and giving it all we had today. It just didn’t come up…turnovers killed us today.”

He was also critical of himself for not finishing his 62-yard run, in which he darted through a hole at the line of scrimmage and made at least three Dolphins miss with a pair of subtle direction-shifts before being caught from behind.

"The run I had should have been six points," Spiller said. "The guys did a great job to spring me that far and I didn’t deliver on that one.”

Spiller said that after watching film of the Bills' last game against Miami, he and his coaches felt there were more yards to be gained in the rushing game.

“We went back and looked at the previous game against these guys and we felt like we left a lot of yards out there," he said. "So coming into this game the mindset was don’t leave anything. Hopefully I didn’t.”

Spiller boosted his season rushing total to 1,185 yards, which ranks ninth in the NFL. His 6.5 yards-per-carry average leads the NFL, and his 62-yard run on Sunday was his longest of the season.

Spiller now has 12 runs of 20 yards or more and five runs of 40+ yards. He ranks second only to NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson of Minnesota in both categories.

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