Antowain Smith said he gave fans a view of his true ability as a running back Sunday night.
There was no hesitation, no dancing, only straight-ahead power running.
The Buffalo Bills' running back came out of his frustrating summer hibernation against the New York Jets.
Smith carried 30 times for 113 yards in the Bills' 17-3 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Last week I looked at the film and I wasn't being Antowain," Smith said of his six-carries-for-7-yards day against Indianapolis. "I wasn't being aggressive. I wasn't attacking the defense.
"So I promised the offensive linemen that they'd see a different Antowain Smith this week. I was going to get the ball, and if there wasn't a hole I was going to try to make a hole.
"That's the thing I need to do. I'm 6-2, 230 pounds. That's not my style running east and west."
Smith led a dominating Bills' ground attack. Buffalo rushed 47 times for 224 yards, the most by the team since a 266-yard day against Washington in 1996. Doug Flutie rushed for 67 yards (on seven carries) and Jonathan Linton gained 44 (on 10 carries).
Smith's totals were most encouraging because the Bills need him to repeat his 1,000-yard season, and improve on it, if they want to have a dominant, ball-control offense.
Smith made a point to praise his offensive line for doing a "tremendous job."
He said the line needed to see him run harder.
"You gain the confidence of your offensive line like that," Smith said. "You're taking what's there. They know you're hitting it up there as hard as you can, so they're going to fire off the ball a little bit harder.
"I was attacking the defense, making one cut and sticking with it, not dancing in the hole. I think that had a lot to do with it, too. More north-south running."
The Bills did almost all their running between the tackles. They felt the best way to attack the Jets, with their quick linebacking corps, was to play a smash-mouth style.
"We wanted to come out and establish the running game because we were tired of everyone saying we couldn't run the ball," right tackle Robert Hicks said. "We proved today we can run the ball when it's called upon us to do it."
"The more chances we get to run the ball, the better we'll get at it," left guard Ruben Brown said. "We just figured don't be fancy. Come off the ball and block 'em, not by taking edges or trying to trick them, just go straight ahead at them."
It was the fifth career 100-yard rushing game by Smith and his first since a 107-yard outing against the Colts last November.
Smith also scored a touchdown in the second quarter, which capped the Bills' 99-yard drive.
On a third-and-1 play from the Jets' 12, Smith took a handoff to the right, cut back and went down to the 1, stepping out of bounds along the sideline just before the end zone. Flutie made a great crackback block on Mo Lewis on the play. Smith went up the middle through a big hole on the next play.
"It was designed to go off tackle to the right," Smith said of the play before the TD. "But somebody shot the gap and I almost didn't get the handoff. Doug made a great block for me."