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LeSean McCoy Continues To Outshine Other NFL Running Backs

With just over one minute remaining in the game, LeSean McCoy was trotting down the MetLife Stadium field to become the NFL’s first running back to cross the 1,000 yard mark for the season. With 1,019, McCoy leads the NFL by 78 yards, and he’s ahead of other NFC running backs by 93 yards.

Sunday night’s victory marked the first game since week 16 of last season that McCoy started and didn’t score a touchdown. The third year back leads the league in total touchdowns and is just one shy of Adrian Peterson’s 11 rushing touchdowns. The average length of McCoy’s 12 touchdowns is 12 yards, with two of them longer than 30 yards.

With 11 runs of 20 or more yards, the Eagles back is tied with Chicago’s big playmaker, Matt Forte for the most in the NFL. After his 60-yard gallop in the final quarter of Sunday’s game, number 25 has one run of 60 or more yards for each of his three seasons in the league. McCoy is the only running back to achieve this feat in the last three seasons.

Shady is on pace for an impressive 96 rushing first downs this season, he has 60 through just ten games. If he continues the path he has been on the entire season, he will have the most first downs by a running back since Shaun Alexander and Larry Johnson had 107 and 97, respectively, in 2005.

After another 100 yard rushing game on Sunday, McCoy has five on the season; only Buffalo’s Fred Jackson has more. The former Pitt superstar remains as the only running back still averaging over 100 yards a game with 101.9 yards, 7.8 yards more than the next closes competition.

One of the few categories that McCoy doesn’t lead is yards per carry average. After averaging 4.9 yards per carry on Sunday, McCoy fell to fifth for all running backs with over 100 rush attempts, still averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Of the four running backs ahead of him, all have less than 130 carries besides Fred Jackson with 170 who averages just one tenth of a yard more than McCoy.

Through ten weeks, Shady still has zero fumbles. He has accounted for more than 24 percent of the Eagles offense and is one of just three offensive starters on the team without a fumble. Those two starters have combined for less than 23 percent of the offensive yardage production.

McCoy doesn’t have too many difficult defensive opponents in the final six regular season games. Out of the six, only one allows fewer than 100 rushing yards per game and only two are top ten in rushing defense. He should be able to keep his stunning stat line. If he does keep it up, he will finish with 301 rushing attempts, 1,630 yards (5.4 avg.) and 16 touchdowns. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

Brenden Peddigree

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November 22, 2011 9:30 pm

With the number of “stars” with the likes of Vick, Jackson, Maclin, Cole, Babin, Jenkins, Asomugha, Samnuel, DRC etc. who thought McCoy would be best, most dependable, reliable player on this team?

All the Eagles fans knew Shady was a good RB and maybe even a very good RB but I don’t recall anyone, including me, thinking he would be star and the engine to make this Offense go. Damnm he is fun to watch!

November 22, 2011 11:03 pm

It is kind of ironic that for a team that does not run a lot, the Eagles sure churned out two nice RBs in the past few years (McCoy and BWest).

November 23, 2011 2:58 am

If I was coaching this team, he would get the ball no less than 30 touches a game, until someone can prove to consistently stop him! If it wasn’t for the DF last week, we would have lost that game too. Bad QB-ing, bad play calling, not enough Shady. Same old stubborn, arrogant, ignorant, stupidity. I can’t wait for this prolonged nightmare to end, with a light at the end of the tunnel, with Reid & his cronies, long gone. If anybody on here honestly thinks we are going to run the table, get into the playoffs, make a strong playoff run, & win a SB, has went bonkers, & needs to be put in a Asylum!

November 23, 2011 1:20 pm

They need to open up the playbook on running plays.

The giants had that stretch play scouted and the birds should run some more traps and quit hits behind the left tackle. He is looking like a beast out there blocking 3 people on 1 play.

Quit some of the dancing, and blow some people off the line of scrimage.

Andy what kind of luggage would you like for Christmas???

I’m more that happy to help you pack also.

Herman Cains new 9-9-9 plan.

Fire Andy Reid on the 9th of December.
At 9:00 am. And give him $9.00 to catch SEPTA home from the NovaCare complex.

November 23, 2011 2:05 pm

D – I don’t honestly think the eagles will win out, get into the playoffs, win playoff games and win the SB – its just what I want to happen – if you gave me 1000 to 1 odds – I’d bet 2 bucks! How about we just worry about beating up on New England – I hate Brady – rich – good looking, young, hot wife (worth more then he is) hair – bunch of rings – can’t stand the guy –