It seemed early in the game Sunday against Detroit that
A blizzard and a strong Lions run defense held McCoy to just 19 yards on seven carries in the first 25 minutes of action. But he gained traction with 32 yards on the last possession of the half, slowed down a bit in the third quarter, then ran wild in the fourth quarter.
McCoy bolted up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown in the first minute of the quarter, added a 57-yard score a minute later for his sixth career touchdown in three games against Detroit, and by the final tick of the clock had a career-high 217 yards on the ground. He had also exceeded 5,000 yards rushing for his career. Not bad considering the Lions entered with the third-stingiest run defense in the NFL.
The Eagles are slated to play next Sunday at Minnesota.
This era of weak production from featured backs around the NFL hasn't affected
McCoy has rushed for at least 77 yards in each of his last three games. He is second in the NFL on the season with 1,088 yards and his 4.7 YPC average ranks second among backs with more than 150 carries. He is also one of the most productive pass-catchers out of the backfield with 39 receptions for 435 yards.
But such sterling numbers come with a precaution on Sunday. Week 14 opponent Detroit has been lights-out against the run all year. They rank third in the NFL with 992 rushing yards surrendered, sixth in touchdowns yielded on the ground with five and fourth in average yards given up per attempt at 3.7.
There is a reason McCoy ranks between sixth and 12th among NFL backs by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. He remains a No. 1 option in all formats, but keep in mind that he has had several off-days this year, including five games with 55 yards rushing or less, and this could be one of them.
McCoy lost 37 rushing yards in the fourth quarter when a long run was called back for an illegal block. He also missed two touchdown opportunities, as the Eagles went with Zach Ertz and Brent Celek on passing scores from within the 10-yard line in the first and second quarters, respectively.
This was the second straight game with fewer than 80 rushing yards for McCoy, and the fifth time in his last seven games with fewer than 80. Conversely, it was the fourth time in the last seven with 30 or more receiving yards.
The Eagles face the Lions in Week 14.
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