ORCHARD PARK, NY ( WKBW / buffalobills.com ) By: Chris Brown
On C.J. Spiller’s first three carries of the game he had a grand total of minus-16 yards. Buffalo’s offense didn’t go very far on their opening drive either, but things changed dramatically for the first team offense after that. Trent Edwards and company put together three first half scoring drives with Spiller at the center of the action as Buffalo’s first team offense looked primed and ready for the season in a 35-20 victory over Cincinnati.
“Our line just had to get adjusted to how they were playing them and once they did that it kind of made our job easier, opening up running lanes and giving Trent time to throw the ball,” said Spiller. “That’s all we need. You saw that we can be explosive.”
Spiller had a pair of first half touchdown runs, both of which came in the second quarter turning a 14-7 deficit into a 21-14 lead at the half. The Bills top pick eluded tacklers, out ran defenders to the corner and picked up extra yardage with ease.
In the second quarter alone Spiller had three plays of 20 yards or more. The last two of those coming at the tail end of Buffalo’s two-minute drive to break a 14-14 tie late in the first half. After a Trent Edwards pass to Steve Johnson moved the Bills into Cincinnati territory, Edwards followed with a screen pass to Spiller on the left side.
The speedy back got a good lead block from Andy Levitre and was off to the races down the near sideline picking up 26 yards to the Cincinnati 20. Head coach Chan Gailey gave the ball right back to his top pick on the next play and Spiller beat the entire Bengals defense to the left corner and turned it up field down the near sideline for a 20-yard touchdown run.
“I just saw that it was wide open, our offensive line did a great job blocking and I always know I’m going to have to beat the safety,” said Spiller. “So I just gave him a move and the receiver, Lee (Evans) did a great job out there blocking on Pacman and it just made it easy.”
Spiller’s two quarters of work yielded 52 yards on 12 carries. He also a pair of receptions for 33 yards.
Edwards was also sharp in directing the offense going 13-17 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 122.9.
The Bills annual Kids Day game features $15 tickets for kids 14 and under, a Bills Bandz giveaway to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under, Kids Day activities including fun interactive games, Billy Buffalo, Buffalo Jills cheerleaders, clowns, face painters, reduced concessions pricing, Bills partner giveaways and postgame fireworks. At halftime of the Kids Day game, Billy Buffalo will also celebrate his 10th birthday with many of his local friends in a mascot football game.
The Buffalo Bills hosted the twelfth annual Fan Food Drive prior to the August 28 Kids Day preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium (RWS). All food and proceeds donated through the program will be donated to the Food Bank of WNY and allocated to their children’s programs.
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