The Pro Bowl is old hat for LeSean McCoy.
That’s not to say the Buffalo Bills’ running back isn’t appreciative of the honor, but at this point he’s become accustomed to it.
“I think the first Pro Bowl was the most important one,” McCoy said Wednesday, a day after being named to his sixth Pro Bowl in nine seasons. “You always want to get into the game, into the Pro Bowl, so the first one is always the most special. But it’s always good to get in. It’s tough. It’s always a younger crowd coming up, so it’s nice.”
McCoy has fit right in with that younger crowd, rushing for 1,057 yards this season, which ranks fifth in the NFL.
“Each week, you battle,” McCoy said. “You look at all the running backs that you’re competing against. After the games, you look at the scores and then you look at the stats.”
For the Bills, the only stat that matters the next two weeks is the win-loss column. The team has a chance to end a 17-year playoff drought if it can take care of business against the Patriots and Dolphins.
McCoy has rushed for at least 70 yards in each game he’s played against New England for the Bills.
“I think so. I think in everybody,” he said when asked if playing New England helps him find an extra gear. “It’s a big game, even with the Patriots not only being a division game, but who they are and the success they have. I think every game they play, guys are going to give them their best. You look forward to playing the better teams, the best team, I should say, in the league in the last couple of years. It’s a challenge. Everybody likes challenges.”
McCoy is averaging 100.5 yards from scrimmage per game, which ranks sixth in the NFL. He has 32 carries of 10-plus yards, which is second in the NFL behind only the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley, who has 36.
With the two biggest games of his Bills career upcoming, McCoy said every player on the Bills has to focus on his individual responsibility.
“Sometimes it’s tough. Sometimes I get carried away with trying to do too much, trying to make the big play,” he said. “A team like this, everybody has to handle their job. Be disciplined, be focused and be prepared. I can’t try and go out there and do too much. Just stick with the game plan, hope the guy next to me is doing his job and we’re playing together as a team.”
McCoy rushed 15 times for 93 yards in the Week 13 loss to the Patriots. He doesn't expect to see a drastically different New England team on Sunday.
"You don’t have too much time to kind of get (a) different game plan or make a drastic change," he said. "What you see is what you kind of get. They’ll do different changes, but don’t really have enough time to change that much.
"Hey, we know them, they know us. When you break down the last three years of tape on each other, you see small changes, but it’s almost similar. A lot of some guys are (still) there, a lot of the same plays, same calls, so you know what you’re getting. It’s just a matter of going out there and beating the guy in front of you."
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