Prior to Week 11, the game in which Jackson got hurt, he was third in the NFL in rushing yards, third in the NFL in yards per carry (5.5), and was fifth in the league in receiving yards for running backs with the second-highest yards after catch average among RBs in the NFL (12.8). In total scrimmage yards, he was second only to Matt Forte who had him by 15 yards at the time (1,391 to 1,376). Spiller averaged 90.5 yards from scrimmage a game over the last six games in place of the injured Fred Jackson.
Head Coach Chan Gailey and his offensive staff know they have to get both players on the field a lot and get them both involved in their attack.
Chances are that you’ll see a good number of split backfields with both Jackson and Spiller on the field. One can expect different formations and pre-snap motions with one or both of them motioning out of the backfield and lining up somewhere else, or vice a versa. The hope in Buffalo is that come season’s end, barring any injuries, both can be key pieces in the offensive attack.