C.J. Spiller leads NFL in yards per carry, closing in on Thurman Thomas' record

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Former Clemson Tiger C J Spiller greets fans at Tiger Walk before the NC State football game

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Former Clemson Tiger C J Spiller greets fans at Tiger Walk before the NC State football game

C.J. Spiller leads the NFL in yards-per-carry, and is closing in on a Buffalo Bills club record held by Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas.

Head coach Chan Gailey projected Tuesday that the former Clemson star will get 60-65 percent of the Bills' backfield touches when Buffalo plays Jacksonville on Sunday.

That's a puzzle to many, including Thomas, who talked about Spiller's production in an interview with the Bills' official website.

That’s pretty darn productive,” said Thomas of Spiller’s figures - a 6.7 per-carry, 7.6 per-touch average. “We could be talking about maybe over 200 yards if he gets the ball a little bit more. So to be that productive with a limited amount of carries is impressive, and we know the story of how they work things out with Fred Jackson also being back there.

"But I’ve always said that this guy at any time can snap one off and go 60 or 70 yards a couple of times a game. I think everybody is starting to realize the speed that he has to get to the outside and turn it up field and get a lot of yards.”

After rushing for 107 yards on 14 carries in Buffalo's 20-13 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, Spiller has six straight games with 100 yards or more from scrimmage. Thomas holds the franchise record with nine straight spanning the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Thomas averaged 110 yards rushing and 29.8 yards receiving during his streak, with an average of 26 touches per game. Spiller is averaging just 16.3 touches during his six-game streak, while averaging 77.5 yards rushing and 35.5 yards receiving per game.

For the season, Spiller is averaging just 14 touches per game, and is averaging 7.6 yards per touch. He ranks 10th in the NFL in rushing with 830 yards, and leads the league with his 6.7 yards per carry mark.

Also in the NFL last weekend:

Dwayne Allen caught three passes for 36 yards in the Colts' win over the Bills, while Kavell Conner had three tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Chris Clemons made three stops in Miami's 24-21 win over Seattle.

Da'Quan Bowers had a quarterback-hit for the Tampa Bay Bucs in their 24-23 loss to Atlanta.

Marcus Gilchrist had two tackles and broke up a pass in San Diego's 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore.

Jarvis Jenkins had a quarterback-hit in Washington's 38-31 victory over Dallas.

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