LeSean McCoy has a way of making things look easy on the football field.
After carving up the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at New Era Field, he even conceded as much.
“I mean, it was kind of easy,” McCoy said after rushing for 153 yards on just 19 carries. “Not easy, but just, easier.”
McCoy’s rushing total is the most he’s had in a single game in two years with the Bills. It also gave him six 100-yard games this season, the first time that’s happened in Buffalo since Fred Jackson did it in 2011.
McCoy now has 32 career 100-yard games. His teams are an impressive 28-4 in those games, including 8-1 with the Bills.
“He’s a stud, man,” guard Richie Incognito said. “We get these game plans going – we get these creative game plans going, and we get guys blocked up and he makes us look good. He’s out there razzling and dazzling.”
McCoy has 1,129 rushing yards this season, which ranks fifth in the NFL. His two touchdowns against the Browns increased his season total to 12 on the ground, which is tied for third.
The Bills recorded three rushing touchdowns Sunday, pushing their team total to 27, breaking a franchise record that had stood since 1975.
“The guys up front, when you have a line like that, it makes life easier for the backs,” McCoy said. “I think the game ball today goes to the guys up front.”
McCoy said the Browns’ run defense didn’t look on film like it was ranked 31st in the NFL, but that “over the course of a game they kind of wear down.”
Right from the start, though, the Bills ran wild. McCoy had 62 of the team’s 97 rushing yards in the first quarter on just five carries. Given more of a workload, it looked like he could have easily ripped off a 200-yard day.
“He’s got one of the best feels I’ve ever been around of just setting guys up and moving guys and using their momentum against them,” Incognito said. “He’ll be setting a guy up 10 yards away on a move and you’ll think these three guys are going to tackle him and then a little stick, a little move and he’s gone. He’s dynamic.”
At 7-7, the Bills’ playoff chances continue to dangle by a thread. McCoy has been a steady leader in what has been a rocky past few weeks, particularly as speculation about the future of head coach Rex Ryan has swirled.
“As players, we need to step up as men and be accountable, be mature,” McCoy said. “This is what we get paid to do. We should always come out there and give 100-percent effort and preparation. … As players, we have to do that, so it sucks to hear all the rumors because I know how much he means to this team and myself, and also just the preparation he puts in.”
McCoy’s relationship – or lack thereof – with former coach Chip Kelly was a huge storyline last season.
“I always like to have a good relationship with my coaches – believe it or not,” McCoy said. “With Rex, he’s a great guy. He has his own personality which is cool, makes him unique.”
McCoy is well on his way to another Pro Bowl season. He was asked Sunday if it’s been frustrating to perform this well in what will likely be a non-playoff season.
“We have a couple of games left. I’m just trying to make the best out of them, win them out, and hopefully something crazy happens where we can get a playoff shot,” he said. “Trying to stay optimistic.”