Bills RB LeSean McCoy, was once again a dynamic weapon for Buffalo on the ground. Without him they probably don’t win Sunday’s game at L.A. He was averaging 9.6 yards per carry until he came out for the last series of the game and had a couple of carries for losses. So he finished with 150 yards even on 18 carries to average a shade over eight yards per rush. It was his fifth 100-yard rushing day for the Bills, but as has been his habit he can’t seem to enjoy them.
After games, even wins, McCoy is always critiquing his performance, and if there’s one play where he felt he left yardage on the field he’s on it quicker than he gets to the line of scrimmage. When asked Sunday after the game if his performance was his best in a Bills uniform he responded this way.
“I guess stats-wise, but there were some plays I missed,” he said. “I could’ve had like 200 yards. Just small things. I get so wrapped up in trying to make too many plays. Sometimes you do things where you make it hard for yourself. There were some plays where I could’ve picked up 10 or 15 yards and they had it blocked up and I just didn’t make the right cut.”
McCoy put the blame squarely on himself saying the line blocked well most of the day. There were some run plays where he was just a shoestring tackle from breaking to go the distance. Still, his 53 and 24-yard runs that each set up first-and-goal situations were two of the three-longest plays from scrimmage on offense for Buffalo.
He also had a key blitz pickup on a 3rd-and-19 in the first half that allowed Tyrod Taylor to escape the pocket and convert at 3rd-and-19 with a 22-yard scramble for a first down. That drive resulted in a touchdown.
“LeSean has been playing very well,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Guys in the backfield have been playing very well. The guys up front have been blocking and creating holes for LeSean to do the things that he’s been doing. He’s been playing with an extra gear to his game I guess you would say. But he’s definitely going out there and making plays and giving us offense.”
About halfway through his postgame press conference with the media, McCoy finally stopped with his self-criticism and took a moment to recognize the importance of the win on the road.
“A win is a win,” he said. “To get up here and nitpick about this and that. We got a ‘W’ against a good team, a 3-1 team. L.A. trip, we could’ve let all the distractions get to us and the long flight, getting in the day before. We didn’t do that. We made no excuses. We came out with the mindset to get a victory and that’s what happened.”
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