After 13 years-plus, Andy Reid did something he has rarely done: he established the run game early and relied on it late en route to a much-needed NFC East victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
LeSean “Shady” McCoy carried the ball 28 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles 20-13 victory. The game was McCoy’s third 100-yard performance of the year and he is the first Eagle to ever score a touchdown in the team’s first six games to start a season according to CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank.
McCoy had eight carries by the end of the first quarter — a number he usually enters the fourth quarter with. The Eagles tailback scored the team’s second touchdown at the start of the second quarter after his backup and former Pitt teammate Deon Lewis had a score called back to the one-yard line after a review at the end of the first.
Shady just continues to prove that he has the skill set and ability to be the best eagles back ever when his career is over. He isn’t the elusive receiver Westbrook was out of the backfield. However, he is a tough runner who can and will rival Wilbert Montgomery and his fellow McDevitt alum Ricky Watters.
He continued to dance his way into and through holes and always seems to find the extra space and get extra yards.
On the season, McCoy has 569 yards on 105 carries, good enough for an amazing 5.4 yards per carry. He also has 21 catches for 123 yards. The third year back out of Pitt is one pace to post his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and put himself in a position to make a lot of money with an extension later this year or next summer.
Of course, all this hinges on the fact that Reid continues do what successful teams do in the NFL — run the football to balance out he passing game.