Analyzing LeSean McCoy's Monster Performance vs. Chicago Bears

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball with pressure from David Bass #91 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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LeSean McCoy facing the Chicago Bears was a matchup made for disaster.

The Philadelphia Eagles standout entered the Sunday night showdown with 1,850 total yards from scrimmage on the year. He gave that number a hearty boost by torching the Bears for 162 yards (133 rushing, 29 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.

McCoy needed just 18 carries to inflict damage on the Bears, who entered the evening ranked last with 152.4 rushing yards allowed per game. He remained impossible to corral in space while also establishing his goal-line presence with two one-yard scores.

With the best rusher facing the worst rushing defense, McCoy anticipated a big day earlier in the week. He foreshadowed a run-heavy attack for the Eagles (from CBS Sports' John Breech).

"I feel like this game, I've got to put the offense on my back," McCoy said. "I want to roll. I feel like myself and the big guys up front—we've got to put this game on our back and take care of business and get a win."

Bryce Brown joined in on the fun, taking a 65-yard run to the house with the game firmly in hand during the fourth quarter. Add another rushing touchdown from Chris Polk, and the squad finished with 289 rushing yards and four scores.

To their credit, the game had no impact on the Eagles' quest for the NFC East title, but the Bears could have clinched the NFC North with a victory. Despite the differing urgency levels, the matchup nightmare prevailed.'s official Twitter page even wondered if McCoy's stellar effort would help the stud rusher garner some MVP consideration.

Unfortunately for him, Peyton Manning exists, so no. But McCoy does lead the NFL with 1,476 rushing yards on a superbly efficient 5.1 yards per carry. 

When discussing the best running back this season, it's easily a two-man race between McCoy and Jamaal Charles. While Charles' efforts are appreciated in a conservative Kansas City Chiefs offense that revolves around him, McCoy often does not receive his due praise due to Nick Foles' resounding play.

But with his sixth 100-yard outing of the season and third two-touchdown game in the past five weeks, McCoy put out yet another reminder of his star status. His nearly certain rushing title and 10 touchdowns may not earn MVP honors against Manning's historic campaign, but McCoy deserves more recognition as the league's best rusher.