C.J. Spiller takes his sliver of daylight and runs with it

But he doesn't like the unusual feeling of being caught from behind

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel hands off to running back C.J. Spiller during first half NFL action against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

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Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel hands off to running back C.J. Spiller during first half NFL action against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

C.J. Spiller is a big fan of his offensive line.

Give the former Clemson star a sliver of daylight on an inside-zone run and he's likely to take it to the house.

Once he did, and once he didn't on Sunday during a stellar performance, but a disappointing outcome, in the Buffalo Bills' loss to Atlanta.

The early-game 77-yarder that came up shy of the end zone (but set up a Buffalo score) had Spiller shaking his head, however.

"It was an inside zone-play and the offensive line did a great job blocking," Spiller said. "I just didn’t finish a play that probably should have been a touchdown. That’s probably the first time ever being caught like that. All those guys did a great job up front, I just saw daylight and unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it."

Later in the game, Spiller scored on a 36-yard run that he described as "almost the identical same play."

"The offensive line did a great job again," said Spiller. "I saw a receiver blocking to my right, I think it was Robert Woods, and I saw the safety coming down and I just cut behind those guys and made him miss, I wasn’t going to get caught on that one."

Spiller finished the game with a season-high 149 yards rushing.

"We had a great day running the ball," Spiller said. "That was our goal coming into the game, we wanted to run it. During the bye week we were going to fix the running game and today was a great example of that. The guys did a great job up front blocking and we just tried to find holes and take advantage of them."

On the other side of the Bills-Falcons ledger, Malliciah Goodman contributed a pair of tackles to Atlanta's victory.

Former Spiller teammate Jacoby Ford caught three passes for 19 yards and had one carry for three yards in Oakland's 31-24 Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas.

Andre Ellington sat out the Arizona Cardinals' 24-21 loss to Philadelphia with an injury, while Jaron Brown had one reception for six yards for the Cardinals.

Coty Sensabaugh broke up a pass in Tennessee's 22-14 loss to Indianapolis.

Chris Clemons made three takes and had a PBU in Miami's 23-3 victory over the New York Jets.

DeAndre Hopkins had two catches for 77 yards, including a 66-yarder, in Houston's 34-31 loss to New England.

Marcus Gilchrist made five tackles in San Diego's 17-10 loss to Cincinnati.

Andre Branch had three tackles and a quarterback hit in Jacksonville's 32-28 win over Cleveland.

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tigerrob44 writes:

For C.J. to get run down he must have started laying flat on his back and the defender on a dead run. How can he be run down? You got to be real fast to run him down!!!

33dtb writes:

Go C.J. !

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