The level of intrigue heading into the premier of the 2013 Monday Night Football season could not have been higher. A divisional clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins is always must-see football, but this year, the two teams brought an extra dash of drama to the table.
Monday night was the much-anticipated return of Robert Griffin III, who shredded his knee in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks just eight short months ago. It was the debut of the Chip Kelly offense, and yet another opportunity for Michael Vick to return to NFL relevance.
With all of the story lines to grab our interest, it was the resurgent performance of LeSean McCoy that stole the show.
McCoy struggled last season during the final year of the Andy Reid era, but with Kelly implementing his hybrid offense in Philly, those struggles seem to be in the rear view. Based on what the Eagles did on Monday night, the days of McCoy being an afterthought offensive weapon are over, and the 31 rushing attempts are proof of that.
It has been suspected all along that Kelly’s offense would have the most frantic pace in the NFL, and with over 50 plays run at halftime, it is extremely possible that it will. They ended the night with just seven more plays than Washington, but this was likely due to the sizable lead the Eagles enjoyed for the majority of the game.
The same lead was likely a leading factor in McCoy’s number of carries, but by taking advantage of his opportunity to the tune of 184 yards and a touchdown, Kelly surely won’t hesitate to feed him the ball in the future. Surprisingly, McCoy only had one catch for a mere five yards, but with as good as his hands are, those numbers will certainly be better in the weeks to come.
No matter how you look at it, McCoy is back and in an offense that is going to feature his videogame-like ability. Fantasy owners are going to be absolutely thrilled this season, and while it may be too early to talk about such things, McCoy could be in the running for MVP at the end of the season.
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