These were some of the top games for LeSean McCoy during his time with the Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday morning after a great NFL career that encompassed 12 seasons and over 11,000 rushing yards. McCoy was one of the best offensive players to play for the Buffalo Bills during the drought era and made the Pro Bowl in 3 out of 4 seasons in Buffalo.
The only LeSean in NFL history, McCoy gave the Bills offense an identity helping them to the league lead in rushing yards in 2015 and 2016. An electrifying running back in the open field McCoy has one of the best highlight tapes of any 2010’s running back and had countless great moments with the Buffalo Bills. Here are some of his best.
LeSean McCoy Exacts His Revenge Against Chip Kelly
Eagles coach Chip Kelly and star running back LeSean McCoy had a tumultuous relationship that peaked with McCoy leading the league in rushing and bottomed out with Kelly trading McCoy to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso without even telling his star player.
The trade led to a public feud that included McCoy ignoring Kelly’s phone calls and refusing to shake his hand. In 2016 McCoy got a chance to exact revenge on his old coach, now with the San Francisco 49ers.
LeSean went off and ran loose for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 19 carries. The Buffalo Bills would completely overwhelm and dominate the 49ers in a 45-16 win. The 3 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most of McCoy’s career and doing it in the process of vanquishing his nemesis made it that much sweeter.
LeSean McCoy breaks a 75-yard touchdown against Jacksonville
At 5-5, the Bills needed a win to stay in the playoff race. They got off to a slow start and trailed bottom feeder Jacksonville 7-0. That was before lightning struck twice in the form of LeSean McCoy. McCoy took in a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the first half to cut the deficit and then opened up the second-half scoring by taking a run 75 yards to the house on the first play of the half. It was an electrifying run and was paramount in flipping the games into the Bills’ favor.
LeSean McCoy runs past the Browns
Shady took advantage of a depleted Browns defense in the midst of an 0-16 season and had one of the best games of his career. Shady got 19 carries and turned them into 153 yards and 2 touchdowns carrying the Bills to a critical late season win.
McCoy as the lead back tired out the defense and the backup Bills running backs were also able to come in and dominate. The Bills offense ran the ball 40 times against the Browns for 280 yards in a dominating performance that speaks to the testament of this run game, which was the best in the NFL in 2015 and 2016.
LeSean McCoy’s Snow Game helps put the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs
Watching LeSean McCoy cut through the snow in Orchard Park was something that was on everyone’s mind since the day that he was acquired by the Bills. As a member of the Eagles, McCoy had one of the greatest snow game performances in NFL history, decimating the Lions’ defense for 217 rushing yards in an Eagles win.
Shady’s time to play in the Buffalo snow came on December 10th, 2017. At 6-6, the Bills were in the thick of a playoff race but they were about to start Nathan Peterman at quarterback in the middle of a snowstorm.
Never fear though, the GOAT of snow games was in his element. McCoy was the Bills’ entire offense running for over 150 yards including the walk-off winner in overtime to save the Bills season.
McCoy’s elusiveness in the open field is what made him an elite player and his ability to maintain that elusiveness in horrible weather conditions is the stuff of legend. LeSean McCoy is one of the most talented Bills players of the last 20 years and was a huge part of getting the Bills back into the playoffs.