• Bill’s Spiller Runs Over Colts

    August 20, 2010 No comments

    It took four plays into the Bills opening drive for first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller to begin delivering on his dynamic billing by scoring on a 31-yard run and sparking a 34-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts in last night’s preseason game.

    It came in Spiller’s debut as a starter in place of veterans Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, who were both injured a week earlier. Spiller finished the game with 54 yards on 10 rushes.

    Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts didn’t disappoint in what proved to be a wide-open and entertaining first half. After opening with a three-and-out, Manning engineered two scoring drives on the next four series, including a perfectly placed 21-yard touchdown pass over the middle to tight end Jacob Tamme on a third-and-9. Joseph Addai also scored on a 17-yard run.

    Manning went 8 for 15 for 91 yards, with an interception that was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Terrence McGee. Manning was attempting to squeeze a pass into Anthony Gonzalez when defender Drayton Florence got his hand in, deflecting the ball directly to McGee, who ran it back untouched up the left sideline.

    Backup quarterback Curtis Painter had a solid showing after he was booed off the field while throwing three interceptions in a 37-17 loss to San Francisco on Sunday. On his second series, Painter drove the Colts 81 yards on two plays for a touchdown. After hitting Taj Smith for a 38-yard pass, Painter went back to Smith for a 43-yard touchdown pass.

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