The running game is the only cause for optimism in yet another otherwise dismal season for the Buffalo Bills.
Their strength at the position is thanks to an intriguing battle between a dependable, late-blooming veteran and a spectacular, yet inconsistent, young upstart.
Playing the role of experienced hand is 31-year-old Fred Jackson. Since 2009, Jackson has been the lone bright spot for a Bills' team short on solid, playmaking talent.
In 2009 he eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time and followed it up with two seasons posting over 900 yards. It's that level of consistency which defines Jackson as a player.
He has established a niche as a reliable between-the-tackles runner. Jackson runs with deceptive initial quickness and above-average power.
The six-year pro is the kind of workhorse a coach can trust in clutch situations. Yet as good as Jackson has been, he is facing increasingly intense competition from fleet-footed youngster C.J. Spiller.