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C.J. Spiller won't enjoy milestone after getting 'brains beat in'

By Tim Graham

TORONTO -- C.J. Spiller wasn't in much mood to chat about his historic 1,000-yard season.

"You get beat like that, there's nothing you can take away from this game that you can walk away and say you're proud of," Spiller told me. "Yeah, it's good to rush for a thousand, but when you get your brains beat in like that, there's nothing to be happy about."

The Seattle Seahawks steamrolled the Buffalo Bills 50-17 this afternoon in the Rogers Centre. One of Buffalo's few highlights was Spiller, who ran 17 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.

At halftime, he had 1,000 yards on the dot. He got there on only 154 attempts, the second-fewest carries in NFL history (EDIT: The Bills have since corrected this stat. Michael Vick in 2006 and Chris Johnson in 2009 also got there on fewer carries). Beattie Feathers reached 1,000 yards on 119 carries for the Chicago Bears in 1934. That was the league's first 1,000-yard season, by the way.

Spiller became the 12th Bill to rush for 1,000 yards and the first since Fred Jackson in 2009.

"I tip my hat to the offensive line and the guys that have been doing the downfield blocking," Spiller said. "I wish it would've came in a better form, in a win. That would've made this ride a whole lot better. It didn't. It's just one of those milestones I can just cross off now."

But Spiller didn't have the best rushing day in the Rogers Centre. His old teammate, Marshawn Lynch, was more productive. Lynch ran 10 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Spiller acknowledged it would have felt good to outperform Lynch today.

"Every time we step on the field, we want people to understand that we're going to be able to run the ball," Spiller said. "That's the mindset that we've got to take into any game -- no matter what they put out there.

"This league is tough. The good thing for me now is that I understand a 4-yard run is a good run and eventually they'll pop. We take it personal when it comes to rushing the ball."

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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