In any football game, 9:32 seconds is a large chunk of time, and for a coach that has said he couldn’t care less about time of possession, this is truly a miracle. For Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, it was a back-breaking drive that sealed a win last week. This drive worked on the legs of LeSean McCoy. McCoy and the offensive line came together, and no team on the other side could stop the run at that moment. When he gets going, he is lethal as a finisher. This week, McCoy will need to be on his game as the Eagles search for that important home win that has alluded them for more than a year.
The Eagles need to get the run game going fast and often. I like Bryce Brown for a change of pace, but this should be on McCoy’s shoulders. They need to make the Washington Redskins respect the run and open up chances for Nick Foles to hit the deep ball on the outside. Foles has shown that he is not afraid to throw the deep ball and has made it work the past two weeks. The Redskins are vulnerable against the pass, and McCoy is vital to that success.
This is a statement game, a chance to show the league that the Eagles are serious contenders for the a division that is still wide open. We know Andy Reid‘s history of winning games after a bye week; he was a great planning coach, and it showed with his success record after having the extra week off. This will be Kelly’s first bye week, and this game will dictate the tone of the break. If McCoy can have a big day on the ground, it will set the tone all afternoon and into the final weeks of the season.