Is C.J. Spiller Now the NFL's Most Dangerous RB?

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 16, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his second touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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C.J. Spiller is the NFL's leading rusher after two games, but is he really the league's most lethal running back?

In this age, when the easiest thing to do is make snap judgements based on the latest news, some might say Spiller is the most dangerous running back in the NFL.

For my part, I'm not ready to put him up on that pedestal just yet, and there are a couple of big reasons why. 


Longevity and Consistency

Spiller has had a few monster games as a pro, but he isn't the kind of back who has proven he's capable of doing it every week. 

Before this season, Spiller had been solid, but not spectacular in his 12 career starts, rushing for 499 yards on 100 carries with only three touchdowns. Before his two monster games this season, Spiller had rushed for over 100 yards only one time. 

Spiller needs to show he's capable of performing at a high level every week before I'm ready to crown him as the most dangerous running back in the NFL. 

Essentially, Spiller's 292 yards and three touchdowns to start the 2012 season amounts to nothing more than a flash in the pan until he proves he can do it week in and week out. 


Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Ray Rice and Other Proven Elites

There are a few NFL running backs who have a leg up on Spiller in this competition, as far as I'm concerned. 

Guys like Peterson, Foster and Rice have proven to be the cream of the crop as far as running backs are concerned, and a two-week splurge from Spiller isn't going to change my mind about where he fits in the hierarchy of this elite group. 

When Spiller is on, he's really on. It remains to be seen if he can keep things going in the right direction for the Bills going forward. If he can continue playing at the extremely high level we've seen from him thus far, he may well move into the rarefied company of the Adrian Peterson's of the NFL. 

Until then, he's just another running back who managed to have a couple of monster games. 


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