Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/3/11

We all knew that tailback LeSean McCoy had a ton of talent, but fans were a bit disturbed because the Eagles were not using him properly. McCoy is a rhythm back; which means you need to keep giving him the ball so that he can build up a head of steam. Once in a rhythm, McCoy will be hard to slow down.

Last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys is a perfect example. The Cowboys’ defense was ranked in the top five against the run, only allowing teams to average about 80 yards on the ground per game. LeSean McCoy single-handedly demolished that average, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

It is now obvious that McCoy is a vital asset to this team. If they can establish that run attack every game, the Eagles will be tough to beat, especially in the playoffs. Cold weather favors the run game. The Eagles learned that the hard way against Ryan Grant and the Green Bay

LeSean McCoy caps off a monster game against Dallas

Packers last season. Perhaps this is the dawn of a new day for the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps Andy Reid has finally realized that his team needs to run the football.

The only person that can stop McCoy is apparently himself. Andy Reid announced Wednesday that he sent home McCoy because of a stomach virus. McCoy did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Both backups Dion Lewis and Ronnie Brown took over the starting role in practice. I would expect that McCoy will be ready for Monday’s game against the Bears.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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