Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Eagles

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) scores a second quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT

Do Your Best to Isolate LeSean McCoy

So obviously, the league’s leading rusher is a tough foe to solve for. The Saints have done a good job this season in shutting down premium rushers this season. In fact, they’ve allowed only three 100-yard rushing performances this season (Doug Martin – 144, Chris Ivory – 139, Zac Stacy – 133). Let’s not forget to mention, they’ve faced some high-octane talent as well: Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, and Frank Gore to name a few.

McCoy isn’t just lethal in the rushing game, however. He’s just as dangerous out of the backfield, much like Darren Sproles is to the Saints offense. It’s hard to suggest that the Saints will completely shut McCoy down, but in the best case scenario, make Nick Foles beat you with his receivers on a defense that has allowed the most pass completions in the NFL to the running back and tight end. That statistic seems crazy, but speaks to a huge improvement of the secondary from last season.

Look for the matchups on Riley Cooper and Brent Celek to be a difference maker in deciding this game.

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