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Spiller Leads Ground Attack as Bills Slam Chiefs 35-17

A week after a horrific loss to the Jets, the Bills returned the favor at home Sunday, as Buffalo used a gritty ground attack in pounding the Chiefs 35-17.

With Fred Jackson out due to injury, the run game was paced by C.J. Spiller, who two weeks into the 2012 season is quickly becoming a star. Spiller scored twice and finished with 123 yards rushing.

With 292 yards on 29 carries, Spiller is off to such a hot start that he’s averaging 10.1 yards per rush. That’s the highest average by an NFL player with a minimum of 25 carries through the first two games of a season since 1963, when Jim Brown averaged 11.3 yards (34 carries for 394 yards).

”It’s always better to answer the questions when you win,” said Spiller. ”Fred Jackson challenged me today, when he told me to put the team on my back. So when that comes down from the leader in our room, you have to step your game up. I was ready to go today.”

The Chiefs had no answers for Spiller, who ran wild all day on a KC defense that didn’t seem prepared to stop a back with the type of running style that Spiller brought to the table.

”I thought that we would be better, and we’re not,” KC coach Romeo Crennel said. ”So we have to try and figure out what that is. From what I’ve seen, if we do what we’re supposed to do, then we would be better.”

Kyle Williams and the Bills defense also brought it Sunday after a poor outing last week vs the Jets. Williams had two of Buffalo’s five sacks. Mario Williams recovered quarterback Matt Cassel‘s fumble, which set up Scott Chandler’s 10-yard touchdown catch.

While the defense was doing their part, it was also redemption week for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The vet came back after an awful outing last week vs teh Jets, and went 10 of 19 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder to Stevie Johnson.

Even the special teams got in the action, as Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 88 yards.

Chiefs QB Cassel finished 23 of 42 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, with much of that production coming in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Bowe scored both touchdowns on 33- and 2-yard catches.

”We had a sense of urgency. It was just different from the very beginning,” Mario Williams said. ”We went out there and put it all on the line. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen last week, but we have to build on this and continue.”

The Bills will look to get to 2-1 next Sunday when they travel to play Cleveland.


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