By Tim Graham
The New York Jets executed a blueprint for beating the Buffalo Bills.
C.J. Spiller knows it.
"That's going to be the model," the Bills running back said this morning. "If I'm a defensive coordinator, that'd be my biggest thing, too, to stop our run and pretty much make our rookie quarterback beat us."
The Jets eliminated Spiller from relevancy. He averaged less than a yard on 11 touches before leaving with a leg injury early in the third quarter. Fred Jackson had a 59-yard run, but gained only 13 yards on his other six carries. The Jets stuffed six rushing attempts behind the scrimmage line.
In the red zone, the Bills ran nine times for 15 yards. Spiller fumbled once, recovering it himself. Five of their red-zone carries were for 1 yard or less.
Without a ground game to speak of, Bills quarterback EJ Manuel struggled. Manuel did protect the ball, but he completed less than half of his throws and was sacked eight times.
"I have all the confidence in EJ," Spiller said. "He's going to be a great player, and teams, they're going to force him ... They'll try him and see how he handles it. I think he's going to do a great job at it. So we welcome that."
The Jets were the first team that charged after Manuel. Many expected the New England Patriots to try that approach on opening day, but they didn't. The Carolina Panthers didn't blitz much either.
Next up are the Baltimore Ravens, who rank fourth against the run and ninth in sacks per pass play.
"We're not going to abandon our run," Spiller said. "We'll know that going into the game that it'll be one of those 1- or 2-yard games. Just like going against the Ravens, it's going to be one of those games because these guys are tough.
"They're Super Bowl champs. Since they started their franchise they've been known for their defense. So it's going to be one of those games where we're just going to have to take what they give us."
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