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