PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
When it comes to discussing the offense of the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson steal most of the headlines. That unit's best player, however, may just be third-year running back LeSean McCoy.
Through Week 4 this season, McCoy has run for 363 yards - the fifth-highest total in the league, ranking him right behind Buffalo's own Fred Jackson. He's also run for four touchdowns - tied for the second-most in the league with Jackson behind Arizona's Beanie Wells. McCoy is also a huge asset in the passing game; he's already got 15 receptions and a touchdown this year, a year after finishing second amongst NFL running backs with 592 receiving yards.
"He's in the midst of a breakout year," said Jason Brewer of BleedingGreenNation.com. "He's been fantastic. He's not Barry Sanders, but he's about as close as we've got in the game today. He's that kind of runner - very shifty, hard to get ahold of and doesn't even always need blocking, as you can see on this play."
Much like Buffalo Bills fans are feeling with Chan Gailey's use of Fred Jackson in Cincinnati, however, Eagles fans are feeling similarly about Andy Reid's use of McCoy.
"At this point, the only guy that can stop him is Reid," says Brewer. "Heading into last week, McCoy was leading the NFC in rushing, yet Reid called nine run plays in a game that they led 20-3 at the half. Try to figure that out."
Knowing that Buffalo has not yet totally resolved their run woes from a year ago - and knowing that Vick has turned the ball over six times in four games, and has been battered a bit with various injuries - don't be surprised if the Bills get a heavy dose of Shady on Sunday.