By Ryan Foran, howiGit Contributing Philadelphia Writer, Philadelphia, PA
With Boston and New York getting so much love on this site I figured it was time to give Philadelphia some representation. There will be no discussion of the “Dream Team” here, as they are certainly not worthy of that title with a 3-4 record. But with LeSean McCoy having another career day on Sunday with 185 rushing yards and 2 TDs (he’s broken his career record for yards 4 times this season already) while being named the NFC offensive player of the week, I thought it was an appropriate time to raise the question; is LeSean McCoy the best running back in the NFL right now?
After putting up some ridiculous numbers this past Sunday night on national television and helping Andy Reid to move to 13-0 after a bye week, LeSean “Shady” McCoy is the fourth running back in the history of the NFL to rush for over 150 yards against the Cowboys. This puts him in company alongside Walter Payton, John Riggins, and Jim Brown. It is also important to note that Shady put up these numbers against a Cowboys team who were at the time leading the league in run defense and against their defensive coordinator Rob Ryan who personally dubbed the Eagles the “all-hype team.” While making Rob Ryan eat his words was great (it was also probably the healthiest thing he has eaten in a while) a single game performance does not make you an elite player – just ask Timmy Smith or Desmond Howard. So let’s dig a bit deeper into Shady’s stats.
Through 7 games Shady has accumulated 754 total rushing yards, good for second in the league. He currently sits behind only Adrian Peterson who has only 44 more yards and has played one more game. Shady is the only player in the league to score a touchdown in every game and has 8 rushing TDs. This again puts him behind only Adrian Peterson who has 9 but also has that additional game under his belt.
Shady leads the league in yards per game with 107.7, and is second in the league in yards per attempt with 5.6. Here, he sits behind only Demarco Murray who has been solid the past 2 weeks in this category. That said, before Murray’s breakout game against the Rams he had only 74 yards total in the previous 5 games and only averaged 3.5 yds per carry once, leaving his numbers skewed or at least very inconsistent.
Shady also has 2 receiving TDs, putting him in a tie for first with a slew of other running backs but bumping his TD total up to 10 which leads the league in total TDs among running backs and places him second in the league regardless of position behind only Calvin Johnson who has 11. Johnson has also played one more game then Shady. However, besides these 2 TDs his receiving stats are not stellar, as he has been targeted 33 times with 23 receptions for 138 yards, putting him only in the top 20 for total yards among running backs.
In summary as far as running backs go Shady is second in rushing TDs, tied for first in receiving TDs, 2nd in total rushing yards, 2nd in yards per carry, and he hasn’t fumbled yet. He is second in the league regardless of position when it comes to total TDs and he has done all of this while playing behind a young offensive line who starts two rookies and in one less game than some of his competition. With a bit of help from Mike Vick he has led the Philadelphia Eagles, a team who has not been known to run the ball, to the number one rushing offense in all the NFL. Looking at these numbers I for one think LeSean “Shady” McCoy is the best running back in the league.
Do you agree?