The last two weeks of football for the NFL’s leading rusher have not been quite the performances people around the Philadelphia Eagles have come to expect. LeSean McCoy began the year with a bang, gaining more than 150 yards on the ground in two of Philadelphia’s first three games, adding to that a receiving total of over 100 yards in the other. His somewhat lackluster performances in the Eagles past two games against the Denver Broncos, the No. 1 run defense in the league, and the New York Giants have questions looming about his production as the season progresses.
Entering this weekend’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it would be easy to see that Shady might stumble again, with the Tampa defense being ranked in the top 10 against the run. However, taking a look at their competition through four games, they really haven’t faced a top tier running back. In addition, their secondary seems to be the strongest part of their defense boasting the likes of newly acquired Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. That being said, making the pass game a viable option may be difficult for a depleted Eagles’ receiving core and the pressure may be on McCoy to perform and keep Philadelphia on track.
McCoy has been the engine that makes the Eagles offense go ever since the takeover of Chip Kelly as head coach. Even in those games where his production suffered, he looked the part, being just steps away from breaking off large runs and always attracting attention. Being that the Buccaneers really haven’t faced a talent like Shady, it’s tough to tell just who has the upper hand. But giving him the ball to make plays when the game is on the line is something that seems like an obvious choice. He’ll be the most dangerous player on the field.
When it comes to the best, it’s only a matter of time before they get back on track and have things firing on all cylinders, demonstrating why they’re so dangerous. The Eagles need McCoy to return to form this weekend, helping to lead them to a win and looking ahead to a divisional collision for first place with the Dallas Cowboys.