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Friday, December 23, 2011
Opposing voice: LeSean McCoy

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- If Cowboys fans believe Jason Garrett loves to get away from the running game as quickly as he can, then they would really not like Philadelphia coach Andy Reid.

Balance had not been in his vocabulary.

But with LeSean McCoy, Reid and the Eagles have become more run friendly than even when Brian Westbrook was running well in the early 2000s.

Has McCoy changed Reid’s run-game mindset?

“I think so a little bit,” McCoy said. “A couple of games we’ve run the ball a lot. Every once in a while we go back to our normal stuff. I think it just depends on what type of game it is. If it’s one of those drain-the-clock games, we run it a little more. I think we’re starting to get a lot more balanced than usual.”

It’s hard not to like what McCoy has done. He has 1,274 yards this season with 17 rushing touchdowns. He has three receiving touchdowns to break a team record set by Steve Van Buren in 1945. He has 1,579 scrimmage yards, which is fifth in the NFL and second in the NFC.

His best game came in the first meeting with the Cowboys when he carried it 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 34-7 win.

McCoy said he sees a different Dallas defense.

“It seems like they’re in position more,” McCoy said. “They’re not making as many mental mistakes. From the game plan from the last time, guys were out of place and not in the right alignments. But I’ve watched a couple of games to prepare for them and they’re a lot different. They’re in the right positions making plays. Sean Lee is actually playing very, very well. DeMarcus is DeMarcus. He’s one of the best guys in the league. They look good. And Ratliff is always an animal. If you turn the tape on and watch them guys, they look fast to the ball. They look good. “