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Just a question, but how does C.J. Spiller have only 14 carries against a team that's ranked 21st in the league against the run and has already allowed 1,333 yards rushing (I'm referring to the Indianapolis Colts of course)?
Here's a better question: why would C.J. Spiller have only 14 carries against the league's 21st-ranked defense after he had 22 carries against the league's seventh-ranked defense in the Miami Dolphins?
Here's a non-coincidence: Buffalo defeated Miami, yet they lost to Indianapolis despite the fact that Spiller had eight more attempts against Miami but gained 16 more yards against the Colts.
Spiller is Buffalo's best player next to Fred Jackson (when Jackson is healthy), and he should be getting the ball more. Why wouldn't he, since Buffalo has an issue of its own on offense?
Why would you give up on a player who's a threat to score anytime he touches the ball and gained 107 yards on 14 touches? You can't say it's because Spiller wasn't running the ball well; he was averaging 7.6 yards per carry!
That's not the only one of Gailey's baffling decisions, but it's the one that sticks out like a sore thumb. Buffalo's running game helped defeat the Miami Dolphins in Week 11 despite the fact that, while the Dolphins run defense is stout, their pass defense is iffy.
So why not use that same strategy against a team with a shaky run defense? If Spiller got 22 carries against Indianapolis, based off his average, he likely gains at least another 60 yards as well as likely producing one more touchdown (he didn't score against Indianapolis).
Gailey's decision making even has one of his players actively questioning it. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson let off some steam to The Buffalo News following the loss to Indy, stating:
How I see it: I think we need to let our quarterback call these plays. He's out there on the field. He sees the adjustments that need to be done. I think we just need to let him make adjustments on the go. I think that's the way we can move the ball better.
He did it a little bit in the game, and we moved the ball (...) He was hitting C.J. (Spiller), getting his run plays, doing the pass plays, and I just think we should do it more often.
Actually, let's go back to that Miami game, a game where Buffalo got into the red zone four times, with each of those trips resulting in a field-goal attempt.
Why did it seem like every time they got into the red zone, the play-calling seemed to go pass, run, pass, field goal?
How does that make any sense when you have C.J. Spiller on your roster? Buffalo should have won that game by at least two touchdowns, yet they needed a Ryan Tannehill meltdown at the end of the game to survive a contest they dominated.
Does Bill Belichick "survive" home games where his team out-gains the opposition by 91 yards and wins the turnover battle by three?