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McCoy Ready For Breakout Game

LeSean McCoy finally broke through that invisible brick wall in the Eagles' 34-28 win against the Rams Sunday.

The Pro Bowl running back ran 24 times for 81 yards, his most carries and most yards of the season to date.

But as McCoy spoke after Wednesday's training session, it was evident that the running back was not satiated by Sunday's relative breakout game.

He knows Sunday was a step in the right direction, but the big-time back is still looking for a big-time game.

"I thought having [right tackle] Lane [Johnson] back and getting [right guard] Todd [Herremans] back to his normal spot helped out," McCoy explained Wednesday. "There's still stuff we need to do to get better with it."

McCoy said the improved health of the offensive line helped him find more space against the Rams, something that's been hard to come by with defenses marking him as a focal point each week.

With the blocking giving him more room, McCoy says it's on him now to take that next step.

"I think it starts with me," the veteran back said. "I need to break more tackles. I felt like the last game was too many save tackles, where a guy just gets my leg, stuff like that. But we're getting better."

He's also been able to lean on fellow running back Darren Sproles, creating a two-headed rushing attack that keeps defenses on their heels when the two are firing on all cylinders. Sproles turned seven carries into 51 yards against the Rams, and McCoy said Tuesday that he's enjoyed playing with the swift, sprightly back.

"Playing with Darren, he likes to get into space," McCoy explained. "He's not the kind of guy where he needs his own type of plays to be productive. We work well. I get my touches, he gets his touches."

This week, McCoy will face the Giants' defensive front, which sports a pair of former Eagles in Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins. McCoy said he has great respect for the pair of defensive tackles, who he called "tremendous players." He expects New York to be yet another challenge in a season that has been replete with stiff defensive lines.

But McCoy has experienced a great deal of success against the Giants in his career, averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 160 carries in 10 career games against the division rivals.

With McCoy waiting for that big-time game, this Sunday night seems like an opportunity ripe for the plucking.

It'll be another fight, just like the first five games have been. But McCoy knows that, and he's ready.

"The thing is, everybody's coming here to stop it," McCoy said, "so we've just got to keep pushing along."

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