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McCoy puts Bills on his back

LOS ANGELES – Rex Ryan used the word “spectacular” to describe LeSean McCoy’s performance Sunday.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor described it as the running back playing with “an extra gear to his game.”

Receiver Robert Woods, however, might have had the most interesting way of describing McCoy’s 18-carry, 150-yard effort in a 30-19 win over the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum: Expected.

“We expect LeSean to have big games like that every week,” Woods said. “He picked us up.”

This was McCoy at his elusive, electrifying best. Dancing around defenders. Hitting holes with a dogged determination. Carrying his offense on a day when the passing attack mostly sputtered.

“It’s fun blocking for him,” guard Richie Incognito said. “That’s our recipe for success right now. We’re kind of built old school. We’re built to run it and win – ground-and-pound.”

Statistically, McCoy had his biggest rushing day since joining the Bills last year, topping the 112 yards he reached three times in 2015.

“Stats-wise, yeah,” McCoy said on if it felt like his best game since coming to Buffalo. “But there were some plays I missed today. I could have easily had over 200 yards. Just small things – I get so wrapped up in just trying to make too many plays. Sometimes you do things and make it harder on yourself when you don’t have to. There were some plays I should have just ran it and picked up 10, 15 yards.”

Maybe that’s the case, but nobody in the Bills’ locker room was complaining after the game. McCoy became just the sixth active running back to reach 8,000 career rushing yards, and now has 28 career 100-yard games, including six with the Bills (two of which came this season).

At 28, coming off what he perceived to be a down season, he shows no signs of slowing down.

“He’s been pretty good in a bunch of games,” Ryan said, “ but that was a heck of a game. Man, oh man. He just keeps playing great.”

McCoy gave the offense a spark with a 53-yard gain in the second quarter – his longest since Nov. 23, 2014 against Tennessee – then ripped off another 24-yard rush in the fourth. Perhaps the greatest injustice of all Sunday was that the Bills couldn’t find a way to get him in the end zone.

“Bad,” McCoy laughed when asked how much he wanted to score. “Even the first long run I had, the hole opened up and I just couldn’t get there. You always want to try and finish the drive out with a touchdown, but a win’s a win. To get up here and just nitpick about this and that, come on.

“We got a ‘W’ against a good team, a 3-1 team, which was a favorite. You know, an L.A. trip, we ould have let a lot of distractions get to us – long flights, leaving a day before. We didn’t do that. We made no excuses, came out there with the mindset to get a victory and that’s what happened.

For that, the Bills can thank Shady.

"He's going out there and making plays," Taylor said. "It definitely benefits our offense."

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