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Bills’ backfield a three-headed mess

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By Michael Blunda

Everyone thought the Bills' backfield situation would be difficult to sort out. But nobody guessed that their power trio would be this ineffective.

In a narrow Week One loss to the Dolphins, the supposed "triple threat" of C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch combined for 14 carries for 38 yards and zero touchdowns. So much was expected from this group, but so little was produced on the field in Week One.

The biggest disappointment was Spiller, the first-round rookie who got the start but had six yards on seven carries and eight yards on four catches. An explosive playmaker who was supposed add a dynamic weapon to the Bills' offense, Spiller was bottled up by Miami all day. Things will get better for him eventually, but owners certainly need to temper expectations and should get him on the bench for a Week Two matchup at Green Bay.

Jackson and Lynch also aren't dependable fantasy options at this point. Jackson figures to take on a larger role at some point, but he might not yet be 100 percent coming off a broken hand. And Lynch doesn't figure to get enough touches to make a significant impact.

Maybe the most surprising thing Sunday was Chan Gailey's play distribution; the Bills called 37 pass plays compared to 17 rushing attempts. Don't expect this to become a trend, as Gailey typically has been a run-first coach who plays to his strengths.

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