With LeSean McCoy & Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles Have the Greatest Single-Season Rushing Offense in the History of the National Football League
No, this isn’t just some biased Eagles fan making a bold statement.
I’m going off the actual numbers.
The 2010 Philadelphia Eagles now have the greatest rushing offense in the history of the National Football League.
They rushed 21 times for 197 yards against the New York Giants.
Michael Vick ran 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy ran 10 times for 64 yards. And Jerome Harrison carried only for three yards.
The Eagles entered the Giants game averaging 5.32 yards per run.
For the season, the Eagles are now averaging 5.54 yards per carry.
No team in modern football history has averaged more yards per rush. Not one team.
The Eagles surpassed the 1997 Detroit Lions (Barry Sanders), who carried 447 times for 2464 yards, an average of 5.51 yards per rush.
The 2006 Atlanta Falcons, led by Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn, rushed 537 times for 2939 yards, an average of 5.47 yards per run.
The Eagles hold the current record thanks to the contribution of two players: running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Michael Vick.
McCoy has rushed 194 times for 1036 yards (and seven touchdowns). He is averaging 5.3 yards per rush. Vick has rushed 92 times for 613 yards (and eight touchdowns). He is averaging an incredible 6.6 yards per rush.
The Eagles have also had a big contribution from backup running back Jerome Harrison. Harrison has rushed 19 times for 140 yards (and a touchdown), for 7.4 yards per run.
DeSean Jackson also has 15 runs for 104 yards, 6.9 yards per run. And Kevin Kolb (11 for 56, 5.1 yards per run) and Jeremy Maclin (3 for 36, 12 yards per rush) have also contributed.
And of course, I can’t leave out the thrilling contribution of Mike Bell, who rushed 16 times for 28 yards before leaving for the Cleveland Browns in the trade that brought in Jerome Harrison. Eldra Buckley has carried 19 times for 56 yards, 2.9 yards per rush, and Leonard Weaver has a carry for no gain.
The Eagles have two games, against the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants, to keep ahead of the 1997 Detroit Lions for the single-season record.
And as incredible as the Eagles’ rushing offense has been this season, I think their passing has been even better.
Just call them the new Greatest Show on Turf.