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For the second straight game, the Washington Redskins held their opponent’s star running back well below his season average in rushing. But for the second straight game the numbers didn’t tell the whole story and the Redskins went down to defeat.
In their last game against the Vikings, Adrian Peterson gained 75 yards on 20 carries. That’s not bad, on the surface. But Peterson scored two touchdowns and ran for critical yards in the fourth quarter, keeping the Redskins’ offense off the field.
Yesterday the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy came into the game leading the NFL in rushing. He picked up just 77 yards on 20 carries (3.9 average per carry). Washington did a much better job containing him than it did in the season opener (31 carries, 184 yards, 5.9 avg.).
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If you had told the Redskins defense before the game that they would keep McCoy under his per-game average of 93 yards and under his average of 4.8 yards per carry, they probably would have taken that going in.
But, as with Peterson, there was more than met the eye. McCoy found the end zone twice. And he caught four passes for 73 yards including a 49-yard gain on a wheel route that set up the Eagles’ first touchdown.
On top of that you could probably credit McCoy with many of quarterback Nick Foles’ 47 rushing yards. Foles gained a lot of them after he faked to McCoy, moving the attention of the defense to the running back.
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Bottom line, McCoy was nearly as big a factor on Sunday as he was in the September game, even though it didn’t show up in the stats.