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LeSean Report: McCoy, Bills run game returning to form

By the stat sheet and the grade book, LeSean McCoy had his best game thus far in the 2017 season against the Raiders.

In Week Eight, the Bills feature back got a +2.9 overall grade for his efforts against the Raiders, the second-highest grade of any running back in the NFL.

It narrowly eclipsed his +2.8 grade he received in the win over the Broncos in Week Three.

McCoy was hard to bring to the turf, as he averaged 3.3 yards after contact per rush (YACPR) and forced two missed tackles.

Before Sunday's game, McCoy's highest YACPR output was 2.7 against the Falcons in Week Four.

His 3.3 YACPR was tied for the seventh-highest figure among 46 qualifying running backs.

Over the past two outings, McCoy has averaged 2.34 YACPR as compared to a 1.87 YACPR in the first four outings of the season.

Buffalo's offensive line blocked well for McCoy, which also contributed to the huge ground-game performance. McCoy averaged 2.29 yards before contact per rush. Coming into the Week Eight contest, he'd averaged 1.62 yards before contact per rush on the season.

McCoy's +2.7 run grade was the highest individual grade he's given in that area as a member of the Bills.

With his two missed tackles forced against the Raiders, McCoy is now up to 22 missed tackles forced on 175 touches in 2017. Through seven games a year ago, he'd forced 25 missed tackles on 132 touches.

McCoy currently averaging 1.52 yards per route run, which is the sixth-highest figure among the 17 running backs who's run at least 120 routes so far this season.

Facing two decidedly mediocre run defense has likely helped, but it seems as though McCoy and the Bills running game are on their way to operating at a high level of efficiency once again.

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