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LeSean Report: McCoy, Bills offensive line still not to 2016 levels

LeSean McCoy averaged 3.95 yards per carry en route to a 91-yard afternoon on the ground against the Buccaneers Sunday. He added 31 yards as a receiver for a grand total of 122 yards on 28 touches.

Let's take a closer look at his performance against Tampa Bay and check in on his overall production through six games in the 2017 season.

McCoy received the 10th-lowest grade out of 55 qualifying running backs in Week Seven despite forcing two missed tackles as a runner, which was the 10th-highest figure at his position.

He was especially effective on runs outside the tackles. He had 13 carries such carries for 63 yards to that area of the field — 4.84 yards per attempt.

On the season, McCoy is up to 20 forced missed tackles on 142 touches, which is below the rate at which he forced missed tackles in 2016. Through six games a year ago, the veteran runner had forced 24 missed tackles on 124 touches.

At that point last season, McCoy averaged 2.78 yards before contact per rush. He currently averages 1.62 yards per carry. While McCoy hasn't been as elusive as he was in 2016, the striking disparity in yards before contact suggests a drop in offensive line play as well.

Last year, McCoy averaged 5.71 yards per touch, which is a tremendous number. Right now, he's averaging 4.15 yards per touch. After six games in 2016, he had 13 carries of 15 or more yards. He had five after six games this season.

McCoy already has nine catches of 10 or more yards. He had 13 such catches in all of 2016.

The Bills' feature back is on pace for career highs in targets (104) and receptions (85).

Heading into Week Eight's contest against the Raiders, McCoy and Buffalo's ground game has faced the No. 1 (Broncos), No. 8 (Panthers), No. 10 (Bengals), No. 14 (Buccaneers), No. 21 (Jets), No. 22 (Falcons) defenses in yards-per-carry allowed.

Oakland is currently No. 13 in yards-per-carry allowed (3.9 per).

Ahead on the schedule, the Bills have outings against four of the current five-worst run defenses based on yards-per-carry allowed (Chiefs, Patriots (twice), Saints and Chargers).

McCoy pieced together an admirable yet unspectacular effort on the ground against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He'll get a similarly capable run defense in Week Eight against the Raiders.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference)

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