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Bush edges Spiller for AFC offensive player of the week honors

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Bills running back C.J. Spiller has had a stellar first two games of the 2012 season.  But the powers-that-be at 345 Park Avenue has concluded that Reggie Bush had a stronger Week Two.

Bush is the AFC offensive player of the week.

He racked up 172 yards on 26 carries, including a pair of touchdowns, against the Raiders.  It’s the highest rushing total for any player so far this season.  Bush’s 197 yards from scrimmage also are the highest for any player so far this year.

Bush, who has said he aims to be the NFL’s rushing leader, is currently No. 2 behind Spiller, who has 292 yards on only 29 carries.  Bush has racked up more than 100 yards from scrimmage in six straight games.

Spiller was at least nominated, along with Colts receiver Donnie Avery (nine catches, 111 yards), Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (318 passing yards and three touchdowns), Browns running back Trent Richardson (109 yards rushing and two total touchdowns), Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (275 passing yards and two touchdowns), Chargers tight end Dante Rosario (three receiving touchdowns), Texans running back Ben Tate (74 rushing yards and two touchdowns), and Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (322 passing yards and two touchdowns).

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14 Responses to “Bush edges Spiller for AFC offensive player of the week honors”
  1. 69finfan says: Sep 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    RB was awarded the AFC player of the week by the powers-that-be at 345 Park Avenue because he earned the award, plain and simple. Stay strong Reggie, go Fins.

  2. arrogantnation says: Sep 19, 2012 1:59 PM

    Happy to Reggie doing his thing again! Hope he gets that rushing crown

  3. hehateme2 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:06 PM

    Well deserved Reggie. Prove them all wrong.

  4. ncortez11 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:09 PM

    This was a blown call on the people at 345 Park Ave. CJ Spiller was at 127 at 15 carries. Nearly 10 yards a carry. Add another 45 carry’s at just 3 yards that comes to 135 more yards for a total of 262 yards (running). Yes improbable but not impossible. Bush got it on popularity and his name being out there longer than CJ. It will probably give CJ a little more “incentive” for this week. Sorry Browns.

  5. tannethrill says: Sep 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    But no mention of how Ireland got him for John Amaya who I believe was a 7th round pick the year before.

    If every negative post about the Fins is going to be blamed on Ireland then at least give the guy credit where it’s due.

  6. majbobby says: Sep 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    Reggie did deserve it.

    Better Game week 2 than Spiller.

    I am happy Spiller is showing us Bills fans what we have been wanting to see from him now. Hopefully he continues and When Fred comes back Chan does not take the ball out of Spillers hands.

    Truely Dynamic. When he touches the ball there is a sense he is going to break it for a long one every time.

  7. mikeyhigs says: Sep 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    “Bush’s 197 yards from scrimmage also are the highest for any player so far this year”

    Hakeem Nicks disagrees

  8. EJ says: Sep 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    ncortez11, You’ve hit that one right on the head! Not only did CJ do a better job than Bush, he did it with style, he’s a very humble guy. You are right on the popularity thing, Bush is known by more people across the Country, but not for long!
    CJ “The Thriller” Spiller will be the NFL’s leading rusher by the end of the season. Go Bills! #BillsMafia

  9. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    “CJ Spiller was at 127 at 15 carries. Nearly 10 yards a carry. Add another 45 carry’s at just 3 yards that comes to 135 more yards for a total of 262 yards (running). Yes improbable but not impossible.”

    So you’re saying that Reggie Bush outproduced CJ Spiller, but CJ Spiller should have won the award anyway because if Spiller had more carries, he MIGHT have outproduced Reggie Bush.

    …These awards are giving out to players who “hypothetically” could have produced the most.
    They’re given to players who produce the most.

  10. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:29 PM

    *…These awards are NOT given out to players who “hypothetically” could have produced the most.

  11. saintsfan1981 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    Still a Reggie fan. Go get em!

  12. billsboy88 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    Spiller could not be stopped. He coulda had over 200 last sunday if we needed him to, but we didn’t, so he didn’t.

    POTW awards are usually based solely on stats, and in this case Reggie had the bigger stat line, so he gets the nod.

    Considering the number of awards both players have earned since their pop-warner days and that both of their teams won their respective games, I’m guessing neither player really cares.

  13. bsizemore68 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:49 PM

    And Bush came out way before the game was over, so what you say, well he could had more runs and perhaps a higher total, but he didn’t and also Spiller didn’t either, its what you do, not what someone says you could of. Bill

  14. gadzod says: Sep 20, 2012 1:00 PM

    bsizemore, and you don’t think CJ Spiller was sat down early? I was at the game, and they were going to use Choice as early as the start of the 3rd quarter, I seen CJ with his helmet off on the bench while Choice had his helmet on waiting to start, but McKelvin brought it to the house for 88 yards. In the 4th quarter, we started with Choice getting the ball 4 consecutive times, Spiller came in to rest Choice for 1 play, and Choice finished the drive.

    Bush had the better stats, and that is what this award is for. However, please note that the man averaging 10.1 yards per carry so far this year only needed to average 4.2 yards per carry for 11 more carries to have better stats.

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