Getting LeSean McCoy in space was not something the Patriots defense was going to allow in the run game, so Buffalo’s game plan was to get McCoy on the edges by leaking him out of the backfield to catch passes and when he did he was a matchup nightmare for New England.
McCoy caught all six passes he was targeted with in the game including the seven-yard touchdown catch to cap the opening drive.
“Scheme-wise they basically took away the back side so it’s him or (Charles) Clay at that point,” said Tyrod Taylor of the touchdown play. “But he won right off the line. It’s a natural pick. Nothing illegal, it’s a natural pick off the rub and while he was running that route it freed Shady up.”
As for the game plan putting McCoy out in space against a linebacking corps that only has one superior athlete in Jamie Collins made too much sense.
“Just to get the matchups,” said McCoy of why they did it. “Ninety-one is a hell of a player, Collins. Hightower is very good himself. But those guys are bigger and are more fit for the run (game) and kind of stand up backers at that. So we wanted to try to get the matchups one on one and we got them and got the best of them.”
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