As LeSean McCoy goes, so go the Buffalo Bills, as Buffalo’s offense revolves around its dynamic tailback who leads the Bills in both rushing yards (546) and receptions (38). When the Bills (5-3) welcome the New Orleans Saints (6-2) to New Era Field for a 1 p.m. showdown Sunday afternoon, McCoy could be in line for a huge game.
The Saints, who bring a six-game winning streak into the clash, have turned around their scoring defense from one year ago, allowing only 19.6 points per game, down from 28.4 (second-worst in the NFL) in 2016.
One area where the Saints have been vulnerable is the big play on the ground, as New Orleans has allowed nine runs of 20-plus yards this year, and three runs of 40-plus yards, both tied for the most in the league. Every quarterbacks are getting in on the action against the Saints, a stat that bodes well for Tyrod Taylor.
McCoy is second in the NFL with five runs of 20-yards or longer, with a long of 48 yards (a touchdown run in the win over the Oakland Raiders).
Against the Saints, who are allowing the ninth-most yards per carry (4.7) to tailbacks this season, McCoy should be in line for a huge game. If either Tyrod or Shady goes off on the ground, that should be good news for a Bills team hungry to get back in the win column.