Beginning a new season under a new head coach with a new system in place, everyone knew that LeSean McCoy would be a different, more dangerous player for the Philadelphia Eagles, but few would have expected this. Through 11 weeks of the NFL season, McCoy leads the league in rushing. Shady has already broken 1,000 yards for the season and is just 300 yards from his highest career output on the ground with five games still remaining in the 2013 season. The question still remains, can he hold onto the league rushing title and stay ahead of the competition for five more games?
The answer becomes a difficult one because of the matchups McCoy will face over the final five weeks of the season. He faces two defenses in the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions that rank in the top five against the run. Each gives up less than 95 yards per game. On the other hand, Shady will also face two of the four worst run defending teams in the league in the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. Being able to find ways to take advantage of any opponent on the ground will be necessary, and continuing to show his maturity and allow the play to develop in front of him will go a long way to him holding onto this success. Although the outcome will truly be affected by the production of other players as well as his, McCoy can take matters into his own hands, sealing the fate of the Eagles.
McCoy has been off and on for most of the season producing one way or another, but not consistently on the ground. He has broken three games completely open, rushing for over 150 yards in each. Although other than that, he has only had one other game in which he broke 100 yards. Of the other seven games that the Eagles have played, McCoy had only gained over 75 yards in one game.
The Eagles can be successful and advance to the next level without McCoy winning the rushing title, due to his multi-faceted attack. However, if McCoy is to gain an individual accolade to go along with a trip to the playoffs, he’ll need to break off big rushing numbers in at least two of the remaining five games and hope that the regulars nipping at his heels fall off a bit, allowing him to solidify his place in history.