A deeper look at C.J. Spiller

Lost in the chaos of Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson's controversial touchdown celebration and the New York Jets' frantic finish was the first start at running back for Buffalo's C.J. Spiller.

He rushed for 55 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards in Buffalo's 28-24 loss to the Jets. He also returned a punt for nine yards.

The 2010 first-round pick showed flashes. But Spiller had his biggest issues running up the middle against the Jets' defense. That was Fred Jackson's specialty before his season-ending leg injury.

According to ESPN's Stats and Information, Spiller gained just 17 yards on six carries up the middle. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry between the tackles. Jackson was third in the NFL running up the middle, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Jackson also led the league with six rushes up the middle for 20 yards or more.

Spiller and Jackson are two different runners. This is something Buffalo has to adjust to on offense now that Spiller is the starter for the remainder of the season. Using Spiller outside the tackles will lead to more success.