Two games. Two bad performances. If three is a trend, LeSean McCoy is almost there.
A week ago, McCoy had a terrible outing in a loss to the Cowboys. The Eagles’ running back – who had 81 total yards on 24 touches that day -- was hard on himself thereafter. He called it one of his worst performances since his rookie year (see story).
Sunday against the Giants wasn’t any better. It was worse, actually. McCoy carried the ball 15 times for 48 yards. He added four catches for 18 yards.
It was McCoy’s second-fewest rushing yards of the season. And it was his fewest total yards from scrimmage since posting a 48-yard dud against the Lions in mid-October last season.
“It's definitely frustrating,” McCoy said after the Eagles lost, 15-7, to the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field (see Instant Replay). “The loss is the biggest reason, and then the second reason is not being a factor to help my team out. We've got to find the answer and get this together, because these losses are piling up, and they're not fun. It's hard to really get together as a team when you keep losing like this, because you work so hard week in and week out. The results at the end of the day are not good, so we've just got to find the answer and get it done."
McCoy didn’t play well in the Eagles’ first game against the Giants three weeks ago at MetLife Stadium. New York held him to 46 yards on 20 carries. It was his lowest rushing total and yards per carry average (2.3) of the season.
In advance of Sunday’s rematch, McCoy talked quite a bit about rebounding from the first Giants game, as well as last week’s debacle against the Cowboys (see story). It didn’t happen. What did the Giants do defensively to limit McCoy?
“They changed it up a little bit from what they did last time, but more from a coverage standpoint – whether they played zone or man,” Chip Kelly said. “But the box was the same count. Still a hat for a hat. Sometimes we’ve got to hit it up in there and take what they give us.”
McCoy mentioned those same points – making “consistent plays” as well as taking what the defense gives him. Lately, he hasn’t done either of those things.
In the first six games, McCoy averaged 23 touches and 145.2 total yards. In the last two outings, those numbers dropped significantly – 16.5 touches and 72.5 yards per game. In the first six games, he averaged 6.3 yards per touch. In the last two, he's averaged 4.4 yards per touch.
McCoy was excellent to start the season. He has been something less than excellent in the last two weeks. And he knows it.
"I feel like it starts with me,” McCoy said. “I feel like coming into the game we wanted to establish the run, and teams know that -- that we want to run the ball -- so I think it starts with me. I gotta get going somehow, some way I gotta get it going again. When we're making plays, we're that explosive offense we were the first six games."