By Jerry Sullivan
CLEVELAND -- C.J. Spiller is active for tonight's game. But that doesn't mean he'll start, or even play much. I still expect Fred Jackson to start. Willis McGahee is the probable starter at running back for the Browns. Tim Graham and I were wondering how often two 30-plus running backs start a game for their teams. As you might imagine, we don't have time to figure out the oldest RB matchup ever.
Jackson is actually older than McGahee. Fred turned 32 in February. McGahee will be 32 in on Oct. 20, exactly eight months after Fred. Of course, I've argued for years that Jackson is young for his age, because he got into the NFL late and has far less wear and tear on his body than a typical NFL back his age.
Check out the numbers: Jackson has 1,202 career touches (rushes and receptions). McGahee has 2,182, nearly twice as many. And as Bills fans will recall, McGahee sat out the entire 2003 season with a knee injury after the Bills drafted him in the first round.
I don't expect much from either running game tonight. The Browns' D leads the NFL in lowest average per attempt at 2.9. The Bills' run defense has played better lately and McGahee, who was signed off the street after Cleveland traded Trent Richardson, isn't exactly in his prime.
By the way, it's clear and warm here at FirstEnergy Stadium. No sign of thunderstorms. Jay Skurski just launched our pre-game chat. Check it out.