Eagles LeSean McCoy Could Be an X-Factor Tonight

LeSean McCoy ran for 92 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers, despite playing with a broken rib.

LeSean McCoy is looking to find the end zone for the first time in more than a month.

Tonight’s game is all about the NFC playoff picture, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.  Most of the talk will be about contract extensions, cardiovascular endurance, second chances in life and football, and the wild NFC.  Flying under the radar will be LeSean McCoy, but he’s looking for a big game and his first touchdown in more than a month.

After a Sunday Night win over San Francisco on October 10th, LeSean McCoy began earning comparisons to the man he replaced, Brian Westbrook.  For good reason too, McCoy was on pace for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air on 218 carries.  Shady was also projected for 90 receptions and 698 receiving yards.  McCoy was averaging 116.6 total yards of offense and one touchdown per game on 19.25 touches.

Since, McCoy has averaged 22 touches per game but only 97 yards, a decrease of nearly 17 percent.  McCoy’s yards per carry have dropped from 5.36 in the first five games to 3.9 in the last three.  He also hasn’t found the end zone, but tonight gives him a great opportunity to snap out of his mini-funk.

McCoy went off for 110 yards through the air on 12 receptions in the first meeting with Washington, in addition to 64 rushing yards on 16 carries.  He was the benefactor of the Redskins deep Cover-2 defense, as Kevin Kolb was forced to check down to McCoy throughout much of the game.

It should be noted that McCoy has been playing with a fractured rib since week four, but he put up one of his best games of the season the very next week before dropping off.

With all of the conversation surrounding tonight’s quarterbacks and the low production of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in the first game against the Redskins, LeSean McCoy could prove to be a big x-factor in tonight’s game.

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Topics: Eagles Rushing Game, LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

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    Surely McNabb will play with a chip off his shoulder, after a big payday.