It's been a wild season for the Philadelphia Eagles, but there was one player who was consistently the shining star of the offense since Week One. That player would be running back LeSean McCoy. His performance against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night capped off a career season for McCoy.
LEAGUE RUSHING TITLE
The Eagles-Cowboys game was the last regular season game of the year. Before the game even started, McCoy had won the league rushing title. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte trailed McCoy by 137 yards by the end of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game. Forte finished the season with 1,339 rushing yards. After McCoy's 131-yard game against the Cowboys Sunday night, he finished the season with 1,607 rushing yards.
McCoy finished the season with an average of 5.1 yards per carry and 100.4 yards per game. He had nine rushes longer than 20 yards and his longest run was for 57 yards. He had nine rushing touchdowns, 79 first downs and only one fumble.
EAGLES FRANCHISE RECORDS
In addition to the league rushing title, McCoy also broke two of the Eagles single-season rushing records.
The first record McCoy broke was for the most rushing yards. The record was held by Wilbert Montgomery since he set the record in 1979 at 1,512 yards. McCoy, sitting at 1,476 yards entering the Cowboys game, needed 37 yards to break the mark set by Montgomery. McCoy broke the record in the second quarter after a 16 yards run put him at 1,524 yards for the season. After adding another 83 yards, McCoy set the new single-season rushing yards record at 1,607 yards.
The second record that McCoy broke was Brian Westbrook's most yards from scrimmage which is the combination of rushing and receiving yards. Westbrook set the yards from scrimmage record in 2007 with his 2,104 yards. McCoy only needed 93 to beat it. McCoy passed Westbrook in the third quarter and set the new record at 2,146 yards from scrimmage (1,607 rushing, 539 receiving).
FUTURE FRANCHISE-LEADING RUSHER
There is no doubt that McCoy will become the leading-rusher for the Eagles franchise. If he doesn't get hurt next season, he could jump to the top by the end of next year. Currently, McCoy sits in fourth place in the Eagle franchise with 5,473 yards. Wilbert Montgomery is the franchise-leader with 6,538 yards. Brian Westbrook is second with 5,995 yards and Steve Van Buren is third with 5,860 yards. McCoy is only 25-years-old and in his five seasons in the league, he has proven that he is one of the best running backs in Eagles history and in the league. All McCoy needs to become the franchise-leading rusher is 1,066 yards and that should be easy to accomplish for McCoy since he has rushed for more than that three times. McCoy will be on "record watch" as soon as next season begins.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS AND PRO BOWL
McCoy was also named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week last week for his performance against the Chicago Bears. McCoy finished that game with 133 rushing yards on 18 carries and 29 receiving yards on six receptions. He had two rushing touchdowns which would end up being his last two for the season as he didn't have any rushing touchdowns against Dallas on Sunday.
This was the third time this season McCoy was named as the FedEx Ground Player of the Week and it was also the sixth time he has won it in his career.
McCoy was also named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. He will be joining offensive tackle Jason Peters who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl.
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