LeSean McCoy Starting to Sizzle at the Right Time

James P. McCoy/Buffalo News

James P. McCoy/Buffalo News

LeSean McCoy is who we all thought he was.

After getting off to a slow start this season, the explosive running back is healthy again and looks like the elite player we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about. Shady returns to Philadelphia this weekend to faceoff against his former team the Eagles, and #25’s steady spike in productivity couldn’t have peaked at a better time.

As the Buffalo Bills have been playing for its playoff lives every Sunday, McCoy has quietly ripped off six straight games with 100 yards or more (rushing+receiving) from scrimmage. Moreover, his numbers during that time since returning from the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined in weeks four and five is a great sign of things to come.

In the first three games of 2015 against the Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, McCoy totaled 146 rushing yards on 43 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. He actually did a lot of his damage in the passing game as he caught 7 receptions for 83 yards and one score.

In the seven games since returning, Shady has 646 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 130 carries for about 5 yards per touch. That’s a significant jump in production and despite only getting one pass thrown his way against the Houston Texans in week 13, his overall targets are up by about one per contest as well.

Bottom line, McCoy has his burst back and is running with great vision and patience behind Buffalo’s offensive line. The Bills are certainly going to need it down the stretch as the team tries to snag one of the AFC Wilcard Playoff spots.

The last quarter of the season starts this Sunday in Philadelphia, and it sounds like LeSean McCoy is ready to get it lit.