On a day when the offensive line's struggles were plain for all to see, the Eagles still were able to get huge production from their running game, mostly when running out of the spread in a 35-32 victory over Detroit last Sunday.
This had a lot to do with quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy suggested today. McCoy came through with his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 120 yards on just 16 carries, including a 46-yard scoring burst in the fourth quarter.
McCoy believes that because opponents' defensive keys change when Vick is in the shotgun, it opens lanes for him, even between the tackles. And in Sunday's case, especially between the tackles.
"I think he helps me and a lot of the teammates," McCoy said. "He kind of takes a key defensive player out of the mix a little bit because they spy on Mike, chase him around a little bit. That's the thing with Mike. The defense has to do things different."