105.5 The Team – While Pittsburgh Steelers RB, Le’Veon Bell was gouging the Bills for nearly 300 all-purpose yards on a snow coated New Era Field on Sunday, it induced flashbacks to 2013, when another back had his own career day gliding around in the white stuff.
That back was former Philadelphia Eagle turned Buffalo Bill, LeSean McCoy, who shredded the Detroit Lions in a blizzard back on Dec. 8, 2013, in what was his second to last season in the City of Brotherly Love.
So who’s snow day game was better? Let’s crunch the numbers.
On Sunday, Bell finished with a whopping 298 total yards, including a franchise record 236 on the ground. He carried the ball an incredible 38 times, which equates to a 6.2 yards per carry average, and ran in all three of the Steelers touchdowns on the day as well. On two of those scores he basically walked into the end zone untouched. The remaining 62 yards of his final total came on four receptions. It was the second 200-yard rushing performance of his young career and his first three touchdown effort.
As for McCoy’s performance against Detroit on that faithful December day in 2013, a cool 217 rushing yards – which remains an Eagles single-game record – on 29 carries, in blankets of snow far heavier than Bell had to deal with. That’s good enough for a 7.5 yards per carry average. It remains the only 200 yard outing in Shady’s illustrious career, and he also scored two rushing touchdowns that day. If you think you’ve seen him at his best here in Buffalo, think again; his snow game was pure magic.
Now, his receiving numbers pale in comparison to Bell as he made just one catch for four yards, although there wasn’t much passing going on that game given the extreme conditions. Only 21 of them were completed between the two teams.
So, the final verdict? Both were record setters for their respective teams and career bests, so by that measure they’re even. Based strictly off the numbers Bell obviously had the better day with 77 more total yards, 19 more rushing yards and one more touchdown. However, there’s a case to be made that McCoy would have outdone Bell at least running wise if he had also received a ridiculous 38 carries, considering he was averaging 7.5 yards per. Just for fun, if the Eagles had given him the ball nine more times with that average per attempt, Shady could have finished with around 284 yards rushing, which would place him fourth on the single-game rushing yards leaderboard. If only!
We’ll give it to Bell, but he and McCoy each put together two of the most unforgettable rushing performances in recent memory, in the snow. Each deserves it’s fair share of praise.
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