(AP/WBEN) C.J. Spiller is already linked to Jim Brown in the record books. On Sunday, he’ll be in the Hall of Famer’s company.
Buffalo’s faster-than-fast running back, who joined Brown as the only players in NFL history to average 10 yards or better per carry through two games, will have a chance to perform for one of the game’s all-time greats when the Bills visit the Cleveland Browns. Brown, who has been at odds with his former team the past two years, will attend the game and take part in a halftime ceremony.
While Spiller is thrilled to be mentioned alongside Brown, he won’t do anything extra to impress him.
“It’s great to be mentioned in the same breath as one of the greatest ever to play the position,” Spiller said. “But that means nothing to me. I don’t get caught up with who’s in the stands or who’s not in the stands. None of that stuff really matters.”
Spiller’s strong start has been significant.
With 292 yards in two games, he leads the league in rushing and he’s averaging an eye-popping 10.1 yards per carry. Only the magnificent Brown’s 11.3 yard average after two games in 1963 is better among players with at least 25 attempts. Spiller also has a higher per carry average (5.4 yards) than any player in Buffalo’s history, ahead of another Hall of Famer, O.J. Simpson.
Not bad for a guy who was backing up Fred Jackson last season.
“It’s a humbling experience to be mentioned with those two guys,” Spiller said of his connection to Brown and Simpson. “Those are two of the greatest running backs to ever play the game. But I can’t dwell on the success we’ve had because it’s a long season. Our main goal is to make the playoffs.”
That’s big talk from the Bills, once perennial postseason performers who haven’t been to the playoffs in 12 years, the league’s longest active drought. But an impressive 35-17 win at home over Kansas City last week has renewed hope this could be a bounce-back season for Buffalo, which went 6-10 in 2011.
However, before the Bills can start dreaming of snow-covered playoff games at home, they’d better solve their issues on the road. Buffalo has dropped eight straight away games, a string that dates back to last season’s opener at Kansas City.