On this Bird Day, the Eagles are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East ...
ARLINGTON, Tx. – Here was running back LeSean McCoy, amped up 90 minutes before kickoff on Thanksgiving Day against Dallas, pacing the end zone. "It's show time," he said. "Show time. Let's get it started."
Once it started, McCoy was at his best, carving up the Dallas defense for a season-best 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as the Eagles captured a critical NFC East game, 33-10. It was obvious right from the start of the game that the Eagles were intent on establishing the running game, and they did it with McCoy at his whirling dervish best – running through gaping holes and making defenders miss in the open field.
On the first play of the game for the Eagles, McCoy lost a yard on a run to the left side. He pretty much had his way after that. On the second carry of a 9-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a Mark Sanchez run for a touchdown, McCoy went right and darted through a hole and gained 36 yards to the Dallas 22-yard line.
The next time the Eagles had the ball and drove 88 yards on 7 plays, McCoy opened with a 19-yard gain on a first-and-10 play from the 12-yard line.
And it was on.
The rout, that is.
And McCoy's big game.
"I had so many opportunities to make guys miss one-on-one," McCoy said, crediting his offensive line. "So much space. We wanted to run the ball and they gave me space. Too much space at times and I made the wrong cuts. The game ball really belongs to the guys up front for sure. This was by far their best game."
McCoy gave the Eagles a 30-10 lead in the third quarter with a vintage 38-yard run to the right side, running through a hole created by right tackle Lane Johnson and Andrew Gardner and then just turning on the jets to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the third time in the last four games in the state of Texas.
Any questions about McCoy now?
"It was always just a matter of giving him a chance and sticking with it," center Jason Kelce said. "We didn't question him. He's a great player."
McCoy didn't get drawn even a little bit into the media questions about a "me-vs.-him" battle against Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, who entered the game leading the NFL in rushing yards. Philadelphia's defense limited Murray to 73 yards on 20 carries.
"I know where I stand," said McCoy, who now has 1,018 yards on the season and could break Wilbert Montgomery's franchise rushing mark next week against Seattle at Lincoln Financial Field if he gains 48 yards on the ground. "To back and forth about it, in the big picture, this was one game. It wasn't about me or him. Honestly, I wanted to out-rush him as a pride thing, but overall I just wanted to win the game."
The Eagles did that, piling up 256 rushing yards. McCoy has 745 yards in the last seven games and has four 100-yard-plus games this season. The Eagles are 20-3 in the 23 games in which McCoy has rushed for more than 100 yards.
That the offensive line has some stability -- Andrew Gardner again started at right guard -- has aided McCoy's productivity.
"They're getting back. It's kind of like my line again," McCoy said. "You hear so much talk, but these are the guys that get it done.
"With the reads and the space, yeah, it felt like last year."