You can have Matt Ryan or Ezekiel Elliott.
I’ll take LeSean McCoy as the NFL MVP through the first six weeks of the season.
McCoy was the driving force behind the Buffalo Bills’ offensive explosion Sunday in a 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
He gained 140 yards on 19 carries, scored the Bills’ first two touchdowns and generally looked like the best player on the field. Proof of that came in the second quarter, when McCoy was injured after a 2-yard reception. He immediately grabbed his right knee as the collective air inside New Era Field rapidly evaporated.
McCoy sat out the rest of the first half, but was cleared to return for the second. While the Bills strangely went away from the run for a time during the third quarter, his presence alone made it feel like the Bills were in control, even if the scoreboard didn’t indicate that.
When he broke away for an 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the door was indeed slammed shut. How do you like them apples, Chip Kelly?
The Bills have completely committed to a philosophy of winning games with a strong running game and defense. Outside of some scrambles by Colin Kaepernick and a busted coverage that led to a touchdown, the defense did its thing again Sunday. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had some shaky moments, but made a big play with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter in the third quarter.
While I have my doubts about whether the Bills’ formula can work against teams better than the 49ers, there’s no doubt it has against lesser teams.
Four straight wins hasn’t happened around here since 2008. It’s reason to celebrate. It’s been more than a decade since the Bills won five straight. They’ll go to Miami next week with a chance to do just that for the first time since 2004.
At this point, the Bills have proven they can take care of business against inferior opponents. If they do that again in a week, it will set up a showdown with the Tom Brady-led Patriots at New Era Field, the day before Halloween.
Now wouldn’t that be a treat.