Breaking Down the Best Plays of the Buffalo Bills 2012 Season: Week One

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Buffalo Bills 2012 season was rough to endure as a fan, but there were still many memorable moments. With over a month until training camp begins, we decided to go back and review the best play the Bills made in every game last year.

Week One: C.J. Spiller 56-yard Touchdown Run

Although the Bills were absolutely destroyed by the New York Jets in the season opener, C.J. Spiller gave us a sneak peek of what to expect for the upcoming year. In the second quarter, down 21-0 Spiller broke loose and ran 56 yards for a score.

How did it happen? Let’s go to NFL Gamepass’ All-22 coaches film to break it down.


Here, the Bills are in the “Pistol” formation, with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center in a “13” personnel, meaning one running back and three wide receivers.


Spiller gets the handoff and uses his 4.37 speed to burst through the massive hole that rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn and left guard Andy Levitre provide. As the defensive linemen are clearly blocked, C.J. cuts through and begins gaining ground.


Spiller’s speed is too much for the Jets’ aged and declining linebackers and he quickly gets past the second level. Safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry are the last line of defense.


Instead of bracing for contact against two of the hardest-hitting safeties in the National Football League, Spiller lowers his pads and bursts through Bell and Landry, clearing the way for a 56-yard run. That was the first offensive touchdown of the 2012 season, and it surely wasn’t the last!


Stay tuned for the next edition, against the Kansas City Chiefs!