LeSean McCoy struggled to find running room or get his game going for the first time this season. The Philadelphia Eagles running back finished with only 73 yards rushing in what was a frustrating day for McCoy and the offense as a whole.
McCoy simply couldn’t find much daylight to run too against the no. 1 ranked Denver Broncos rushing defense. The offensive line didn’t do a particularly good job of opening up holes as the Broncos defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. McCoy often had to make something out of nothing and the fact that he even approached 100 yards rushing is a minor miracle.
Part of the reason the run game was non existent is due to the fact that the Eagles had to pass the ball once the Broncos started to build a sizable lead. However, the run game should have been more of a focus earlier in the game.
One bright spot is that both Bryce Brown and Chris Polk, who have been relatively quiet so far this season, got going and made their mark on the game.
Polk scored his first career touchdown and looked impressive in short-yardage work and catching the football out of the backfield. Brown had a nice game as a receiver out of the backfield as well, finishing with 41 yards receiving, including a 35-yard scamper where he showed great balance that almost saw him hit pay dirt.
McCoy should not be discouraged by this game. He still leads the league in rushing yards and was going up against a stout Broncos defensive line. McCoy will bounce back from this. He better do so in a hurry too. The Eagles will need to ride his legs the rest of the season if they want any hope of winning the NFC East.