PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles running back LeSean McCoy lets his offensive linemen keep track of the NFL rushing leaders.
“If they’re on TV, I’ll watch them,” McCoy said, “instead of going on ESPN.com and looking up the stats.”
If he did, McCoy might notice Dan Graziano’s MVP Watch, in which a familiar face peers back at him from beside the No. 6. With the Eagles’ record back to .500, McCoy meets Graziano’s criteria for the weekly list.
(Before you ask, Graziano didn't consider quarterback Nick Foles because he has started only four of the Eagles' 10 games.)
The NFL’s rushing leader, McCoy is ranked behind three quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are 1-2-3 on the list -- Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. McCoy is ahead of quarterbacks Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
“If he keeps playing like he is, [MVP] is an honor he definitely can shoot for,” Eagles guard Evan Mathis said.
Mathis is one of those linemen who keep an eye on McCoy’s place among the leaders. He said he looked up on the big screen at Lambeau Field Sunday and saw the leaders posted. There was McCoy, at No. 1 with 932 rushing yards. He is 61 yards ahead of Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and 107 ahead of Washington’s Alfred Morris. Morris has already had his bye week, so has played one less game.
“As long as we’re winning,” McCoy said. “Any back can tell you, it’s cool to win the rushing title. To do it losing-wise, it’s not the same. If you’re winning, it’s a way bigger deal. But it definitely matters, though.”
Spoken like a true MVP. Or one of the top 10 candidates, anyway.