By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 23rd, 2013 at 4:59 am EST
Next week, the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to face the Dallas Cowboys in Texas. The game has been flexed to NBC in this win and you’re in game.
The winner will not only clinch the NFC East title with the game, the loser will be sent packing home. The Cowboys were in this same situation last year, except the win and you’re in game was in Washington.
The NFC East was decided between the Washington Redskins and the Cowboys. As the game played out, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo would struggle as the Redskins would clinch the NFC East and a Wild Card playoff berth.
But before next week’s game is decided, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will clinch the NFL’s rushing title. McCoy presently has 1,476 yards and will add to that mark next week.
In his last game against the Cowboys in Philadelphia, McCoy had just 55 yards.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is second with 1,266 yards. On Sunday, Peterson had just 45 yards on 11 carries.
Peterson has rushed for more than 200 yards in a game this season. But after dealing with foot and groin injuries, it seems unlikely that he will be able to do it again.
Peterson torched the Chicago Bears for 211 yards on 35 carries on December 1st. The Vikings won that game 23-20 in overtime.
That was his lone 200 yardage game of the season. He has also had games of 100 plus this year, but would need another 200 yards to come close to the rushing title.
Besides his 200 yardage game earlier this month, he has had four rushing games of a 100 or more yards. He had a 100 yards against the Bears, then two games of a 140 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys and had a 146 yards against the Green Bay Packers.
Bears running back Matt Forte is third with 1,229 yards. He had just 29 yards against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football in a blowout loss.
Forte has not had a game of 200 yards this season. He had 205 yards in a game two years ago in October 2011.
Yet, the 29 yards were the worst game of his season. And he had a season-high a 127 yards against the Cleveland Browns last week.