C.J. Spiller Deserved Pro Bowl Bid over Jamaal Charles, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 27, 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. Seattle won 50-17.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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That's the number of Buffalo Bills players that made the Pro Bowl this season.

It's also the amount of respect I have for the Pro Bowl and its selection process. Snubs like Bills running back C.J. Spiller are one of the reasons why.

Now, there's always fans who become apoplectic when the star player on their team doesn't make it, but beneath the madness, there's sometimes sound reasoning. Such is the case when discussing the merits for Spiller over Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Make no mistake, Charles is a dynamic threat, but Spiller has had an historic season. He got to 1,000 yards rushing on just 154 carries, the second-fewest carries to reach 1,000 yards in NFL history. Only Bears running back Beattie Feathers did it on fewer attempts (119), way back in 1934.

It may not be accurate to say that we haven't seen a back this explosive in 78 years, but it's definitely not accurate to say that Charles is more deserving than Spiller, who has scored seven total touchdowns this year against Charles' six.

Not only that, but Spiller is more versatile in his ability to contribute in the passing game. He has lined up at wide receiver for the Bills, running routes and has caught 41 passes against Charles' 34. Spiller has run 236 pass routes this year, while Charles has run 211 (via ProFootballFocus.com).

Talk about total yards, if you want, where Spiller finished 106 behind Charles, but also remember that Spiller has had limited opportunities with the ball despite being clearly their most imposing threat on offense.

Final evidence: Spiller's 6.5 yards per rush attempt is the same as Charles' yards per reception, and is 1.1 more than Charles' yards per rush attempt.

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


New England Patriots

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe explains why Tom Brady was right to call out his offensive teammates following this week's 23-16 win over the Jaguars.

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault details the Patriots' problems on offense without tight end Rob Gronkowski.


New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York details the injury report from Wednesday's practice, which included defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson with a concussion and wide receiver Braylon Edwards with hamstring and knee injuries.

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports thinks Tim Tebow deserves respect, not scorn, for standing up to the Jets over how he's been used this season and for being passed over as the starting quarterback.


Buffalo Bills

Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News writes that the Bills are in line for the sixth overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio talks about some of the uncertainty that surrounded the Bills' final day of media availability for the 2012 season.


Miami Dolphins

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald shares thoughts from head coach Joe Philbin's conference call with New England media, in which he shared thoughts on the progress of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

According to Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins think they have a chance to snap their five-game losing streak to the Patriots this Sunday.


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 firsthand or via team press releases.