McCoy: ‘If I Was A Betting Man, I’d Take the Eagles’

0V3J9301LeSean McCoy started off his press conference with a smile on his face and the following message to deliver:

“I am 1-0 against Peyton Manning, I am,” he said, drawing laughs.

It’s true. The Eagles beat the Manning-led Colts 26-24 back in 2010. McCoy ran for 95 yards in that one. Michael Vick accounted for 292 yards of offense and scored twice.

The 2013 version of the Eagles comes in as the No.2 ranked offense in the league, averaging 462 yards per game. McCoy is the league’s leading rusher, DeSean Jackson the second most productive receiver. Chip Kelly‘s attack was all the rage, particularly before a down performance against the Chiefs on Thursday. In this matchup, however, it is being totally overshadowed by the juggernaut on the other side.

Denver, behind a blistering hot Peyton Manning, boasts the top offense in the NFL. The Broncos are averaging 42 points a game — 10 points more than the Packers, who are second in that category.

“We can’t worry about that,” said McCoy of Denver receiving all the hype. “I have a lot of confidence in our offense. [The Broncos] will put points up — and I have tons of confidence in the defense — and I think we’ll put points up.”

The question, of course, is whether they can put up enough to hang. The 3-0 Broncos come in as double-digit favorites against the 1-2 Eagles.

“Well if I was a betting man, I’d take the Eagles,” McCoy said. “I don’t get wrapped up in point spreads and being the underdog; that’s why you play the game. I’m sure they’re preparing to win the game, we’re preparing to win the game. I think it will be a good matchup. I’m excited.”

Health-wise, McCoy said that the right ankle he injured against the Chiefs is still sore. He left late in the first half against Kansas City after getting hurt on an 18-yard carry. He explained that the pain he felt was similar to when he broke his ankle in high school, hence why he reacted emotionally. X-rays came back negative, and McCoy was able to return to the game and produce. He finished with 158 yards and a touchdown.

“I’ve been doing tons of treatment so I feel a lot better. I’ve been practicing, haven’t missed any days, working hard. It’s still a little sore. The swelling is gone, so I feel good,” he said.

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  • Will

    Hope your right McCoy bet the Eagles and take the points…but Eagles lose the game…

    • Will

      Peyton Manning scorches the Eagles secondary for 49 points….

      • Greg

        if only we had Kerry Rhodes…. -_-

        • Will

          They did work out a Miami 7th RD DT way to go Howie….that should put the Defense over the top…LOL….

      • All In Eagles

        You have to think that there must be room for an upset? or just an off game by Manning? Haha, I have no idea if this will happen but it has to at some point? Why can’t it be week 4? Go Birds!!

  • defroe81

    we are due for a great performance in denver and peyton is due for a poor won. lets get it anything can happen on any given sunday in the nfl.

  • Jim

    The a Broncos are a great team but I think people are going a little over the top they’ve played the worst defense in terms of points given up and two defenses rated tied for 15th and they’re defense gives up 5 less points than us but they’ve also played Oakland and the Giants who I think everyone knows stink on both sides of the ball so while I’m not saying will definitely win I think it will be closer than people expect

    • Broadcasting Wisdom

      Good points Jim, but take a breath once in a while!

      • Jim

        Sorry forgot the periods

  • Kevin

    Memo to Phil Sheridan – McCoy’s quotes really sound like a guy who is about to turn on his coach doesn’t it? Clearly, he doubts whether this offense works and he is a good fit for it.

    • G_WallyHunter

      I want Sheil/Tim to post everything Phil says about Eagles so we can scrutinize it and point out how stupid it is lol

      • nicksaenz1

        Phil is the epitome of awful journalism. He was a perfect hire for ESPN.

        • G_WallyHunter

          LOL ya perfect for their tabloid site. He and Ashley Fox can now write the best articles on the Eagles that will ever be written… -_-

    • SoCalEaglesFan

      Time was, Sheridan wrote like a shill for the Eagles public relations department. At least now he’s balanced. I’m not a fan of rah rah journalism. I expect it to scrutinize and remain ever cynical of the carefully monitored official voice of the franchise.

      Many fans prefer the rah rah, our-team-does-no-wrong style of journalism. I can get that from Spadaro on the official site. I expect real journalists to doubt and question everything.

  • Richard Colton

    If I was a betting man, I’d take the over

  • Dubiy

    Lets go trap game for denver

  • JofreyRice

    Right on

  • Dutch

    Denver doesn’t look the part of a defensive stopper. You may can get a good bet in Delaware on this game.

  • EaglePete

    in Mile High. Altitude, noise and a good defense that gets turnovers. Im not as optimistic as some but I should be, Ill be there. Last row in the corner of the stadium, drunk and banging on the back wall courtesy of the friends of the visiting team section. Yes, thanks Denver for giving your away teams seats in the top level, corner of stadium. Have a group of like 12 or so Eagles fans and know of another group of 12 plus eagles fans, gonna be a great tailgate late game environment. Last time I went TO was playing 8 yrs ago, I think, I dont remember much but I think we lost.

  • knighn

    You notice that the Broncos have been putting out fewer and fewer points against worse and worse teams?
    Ravens > Giants > Raiders

    And this is with over a week between games. I’m not saying that The Eagles are going to win this one but If the Broncos Offense continues with this trend, they’ll be putting out negative points by week 10!

  • djack10

    i wish i was a bookie. i would take mccoy’s action.

  • Maggie

    All this endless praise for a quarterback who has never caught a single one of his own passes. Where is a little love for the guys on the other end of those brilliant genius passing yards?

  • Ed Smith

    That’s why you’re a football player and not a betting man, Shady.

  • Kev_H

    The Eagles’ stats are puffed up by games against San Diego and Washington, neither of whom have stopped any offense to this point. Denver ran it up against Baltimore and Oakland, both teams who have shut down other NFL teams.

  • Tim Nguyen

    I like confidence from Shady he will need to have another huge game for the Eagles to pull this out

  • Will

    52-20 blow out and not to many people didn’t see this coming…next 5 games are winnable for the lowly Birds….

  • nicksaenz1

    Funny you say that, because my first though upon hearing the Broncos being double digit favorites was that I may delve back into betting.

    EDIT: Line as of now is 11, o/u of 58. Eagles and the Over all day.

  • JC

    Great, I’m sure you’ll give Philadelphians a great name as usual.

  • Sonny

    Yup, Vegas was built by making things so easy! Bet the house, you’ll be on the streets Monday morning.