Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spiller hopes his friend Lynch has 'worst game ever'


C.J. Spiller didn't get to spend a whole lot of time with Marshawn Lynch before Lynch was traded away from Buffalo a couple years ago. That doesn't mean there isn't still some friendly competition between the two.

The Bills' now-No. 1 tailback jokingly poked fun at Buffalo's former first-string back Wednesday, showing that while the two may be buddies, they're not about to cheer on one another when Buffalo hosts Lynch's Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

"Hope he has the worst game ever," Spiller told reporters Tuesday. "Nah, I mean he is a great guy though. I enjoyed my time while he was here. I really became close with him, really learned a lot from him, the way he prepared. (photo: Joint Base Lewis McChord, Flickr)

"He’s a physical runner. He is one of the best ones in the league doing what he does.”

Both have plenty to compete over, as they've each shined in their respective roles this season.

While Lynch is second behind only Adrian Peterson in yards per game average and total yards, Spiller still leads all backs in yards per touch. And he's only second behind Peterson in runs of 20 yards or more, despite 100 fewer touches than Peterson or Lynch.

In his time with Buffalo, Lynch was one of only three backs to tally back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He's 10th all-time on the team's rushing list and ninth in attempts, grabbing a Pro Bowl nod in 2008.

Sunday will be Lynch's first appearance back in Buffalo since the team traded him in 2010.

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