C.J. Spiller Becomes Second-Fastest Back to 1,000 Yards and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 17, 2012

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 16:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Seattle Seahawks at Rogers Centre on December 16, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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There are already 12 running backs with 1,000 rushing yards this season, and C.J. Spiller just joined the party this week, capping off the first 1,000-yard season of his career.

While many of them got there before Spiller did, none of them got there on fewer carries.

In fact, Spiller got to 1,000 yards on just 154 carries. The only running back in NFL history to finish with more than 1,000 rushing yards on fewer than 161 carries was Bears running back Beattie Feathers in 1934 in what was also the first 1,000-yard rushing season in NFL history.

Ironic, to say the least.

Considering the theme of the season has been Spiller's incredible production despite criminal underuse, the fact that he reached 1,000 rushing yards on so few carries lends itself to wonder what his season could have been like with a coaching staff that knew how, and how often, to utilize him.

Here's some more news, analysis and notes from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post describes Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's impressive performance, including a second-half transformation.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald explains why the Dolphins needed the win on Sunday, regardless of the fact that it came against the Jaguars.


Buffalo Bills

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio explains why the Bills' 50-17 loss to the Seahawks could be the final nail in the coffin for head coach Chan Gailey.

According to Nick St. Denis of AFC East Daily, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll felt badly about faking a punt up 30 points.


New England Patriots

Field Yates of ESPN Boston outlines the Patriots' playoff scenarios for the No. 2 seed, which now seems like a long shot as New England no longer controls its own destiny.

Tom Curran of CSNNE.com says that the Patriots were angry with themselves for the mistakes that led to the 49ers opening up a four-touchdown lead on Sunday night.


New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York previews the Jets and Titans Monday Night Football matchup, highlighting mistake-prone quarterbacks and the return of wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger writes that Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal is hopeful that the familiarity between Edwards and quarterback Mark Sanchez will lead to good things.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand or via team press releases.