Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had his third-best rushing game of the season Sunday, totaling 155 yards on 25 carries.
McCoy was right. A week after Foles’ seven-touchdown day in Oakland, McCoy ran for 155 yards in a 27-13 win against the Green Bay Packers. It was McCoy’s fourth highest career total and his second highest of the season. He has 932 yards after 10 games, tops in the NFL. Overall, the Eagles rushed for 204 yards against a Green Bay defense that had allowed just 94.5 rushing yards per game.
Foles had another big day, too, throwing for three touchdowns and 228 yards on just 18 attempts.
“We’re trying to be a balanced operation,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “It’s what are they doing to us and how are we going to react to what they do to us.”
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Foles used play-action fakes more frequently than any quarterback in a game since the beginning of 2006. Foles threw off play-action 14 of 18 times, 78 percent of his throws.
“He’s playing with swag,” McCoy said.
So is the running back. After being held to 55 yards or less in three consecutive games, McCoy was getting to the corner and making people miss the way he did earlier in the season.
“We really didn’t do much different,” center Jason Kelce said. “Like I said, the last few weeks, it almost felt like the line and the running backs were on a different page. They (the Packers) tried to do the same thing the New York Giants were doing, trying to make Shady bounce it outside. We did a good job of getting movement. We got to some outside stuff. He did a good job of getting to the second level, for the most part.”
Last week in Oakland, Kelly kept firing after the Eagles built up a big lead. Early in the fourth quarter, up 49-13, he took a lot of starters out, including McCoy.
This week, with a two-touchdown lead and the Packers down to their third-team quarterback, Kelly chose to run the clock down. McCoy carried the ball nine times for 50 yards on the Eagles’ 9-minute, 32-second drive to end the game.
“It’s actually cooler,” McCoy said. “You would think a long drive like that, we would get tired, but you actually don’t. When you actually slow it down, it’s like a huddle and we haven’t huddled since probably last year.”
The Eagles’ balanced offense was even more impressive considering they lost left tackle Jason Peters to injury in the first quarter. Peters went out with a head injury. After being evaluated for a concussion, he returned and injured a quadriceps muscle. Allen Barbre replaced him and held up just fine.
“We can run our offense when Allen is in there,” Kelly said.
On Sunday, they ran it and threw it, in balance, as well as they have all season.