There’s still plenty of the season to go, and the Philadelphia Eagles will have a sufficient opportunity to gain ground and make another run at the NFC East division crown before all is said and done. However, their quest must begin this week against divisional foes, the New York Giants. Although coming off of their first win, New York has been only a shadow of its past greatness, lacking offensive, consistency and the ability to protect possession of the football.
The Eagles will play another game at Lincoln Financial Field where they are win-less in more than a calendar year, but against the last team which they beat at home. After losing Nick Foles in the game against the Dallas Cowboys, it looks as though Michael Vick will be ready to make his return behind center. But having to knock off the rust of two plus weeks on the shelf and regain his confidence, he will need the support of the star cast which the Eagles have on the offensive side of the ball.
No player on the field Sunday will be more important and more focused upon than LeSean McCoy. After beginning the year on a tear, leading the league in rushing, McCoy has seen his ups and downs over the past four weeks. Many of those games were against lesser competition, including the first game against the Giants in which he was held under 50 yards on the ground. Although he did score, it wasn’t the typical spotlight performance that McCoy is capable of and expected to have in big games.
McCoy’s performance will be instrumental in giving Vick the opportunity to regain his comfort and feel his way back into the game. The Giants will surely pressure Vick from the beginning to attempt and take advantage of the time he’s been sidelined, and Shady can easily provide the solution by producing out of the backfield and opening the defense from the start to give the Eagles’ offense some breathing room.
It’s a difficult task to keep McCoy under wraps in any game, but doing it twice in a season is nearly impossible. For Philadelphia’s sake, they hope the “real” McCoy returns this weekend and helps to lead the Eagles to another victory against New York, evening their record and keeping them in the NFC East hunt.