McCoy wants the ball, plans to carry Eagles

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeSean McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards against a stout run defense in blizzard-like conditions.

Look out Chicago Bears.

The NFL's leading rusher faces the league's worst run defense on Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) host the Bears (8-6) in a matchup of division leaders.

After playing their last home game in six inches of snow against Detroit, the Eagles are getting ready for unseasonably warm temperatures. Forecasters are calling for a high of 70 degrees on Sunday with possible rain.

Sounds like running weather for McCoy.

"It might be 300 (yards)," he joked. "Weather doesn't matter. We'll play anywhere. Cold, snow, rain, we need this game."

McCoy, a 2011 All-Pro, is having another outstanding season. The fifth-year pro leads the league with a career-high 1,343 yards rushing and is 170 yards away from breaking Wilbert Montgomery's single-season team record.

"If it happens, it happens," McCoy said. "One of these years, I'll break it."

McCoy is trying to become the first Eagle to lead the NFL in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren did it in 1949. He's 122 yards ahead of Adrian Peterson. Beating the Bears and helping the Eagles secure a playoff spot is far more important, of course. McCoy has a simple game plan for success.

"I feel like this game, I want to put the offense on my back," McCoy said. "I want to roll. I want to get going. I think that me and the guys up front, we have to set the tone. I think once we do that, we can worry about the other teams. For right now, I feel like the big guys up front and myself, we need to put this game on our backs and take care of business."

That sounds perfect for the offensive line.

"We love that kind of stuff," left guard Evan Mathis said. "We love smash-mouth football and being able to take over a game like that, and it's way easier when you have a back like that."

The Eagles are coming off a disappointing 48-30 loss at Minnesota. McCoy followed up his performance against the Lions with only 38 yards rushing on eight carries against the Vikings.



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