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Bills RB McCoy is a big admirer of Colts RB Gore

From FOX Sports - December 7, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.LeSean McCoy thinks so highly of Frank Gore, hes preparing to give the Colts veteran the jersey off his back after the Bills host Indianapolis on Sunday.

From one prolific running back to another: Respect.

Sometimes I think in this league, fans, they always want the new thing, whats hot, McCoy said, before noting how Gore jumped into fifth on the NFLs career yards rushing list last weekend.

A guy like Frank, he obviously doesnt have the yards like he used to, but the work hes put in, its hard to put them type of yards up each year, McCoy added. For you to be fifth all-time, he deserves his respect. And I respect him.

McCoy intends to exchange his No. 25 Bills jersey for Gores No. 23 following a game featuring two of the NFLs three active rushing leaders: Gore is first with 13,697 yards, McCoy third with 9,805.

First things first, though.

While the Colts (3-9) are playing out the string on the way to their first losing season in six years under coach Chuck Pagano, McCoy and the Bills (6-6) are attempting to stay in the AFC playoff picture.

Our mindset is we cant lose this game. Weve got to win, McCoy said.

Buffalo has dropped four of five and facesquestions at quarterback with starter Tyrod Taylors status uncertain after bruising his left knee in a 23-3 loss to New England last weekend. Minus Taylor, the Bills would have to return to rookie Nathan Peterman, who threw five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers three weeks ago.

That places the onus on McCoy having to carry an additional load.

Whatever it takes to win, said McCoy, who has managed to rush for 851 yards while having difficulty adapting to a new offensive system and finding holes against defenses geared to stop him.

Gores production is also dropping in his 13th season. His 632 yards rushing are Gores fewest since his rookie season, but at 34, age might be a factor. So is a Colts offense playing without quarterback Andrew Luck, who has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Gore isnt into excuses.

I know the record doesnt seem like were a good team. I feel that weve got a good team. Things just didnt go our way, Gore said. I just want us this last quarter to go out there, fight and try our best to go for it in the fourth quarter. Thats my goal.

Some things to watch as two former AFC East rivals meet for the sixth time since NFL realignment in 2002:

GORE VS. MCCOY

This marks the sixth time Gore and McCoy have been on opposite sidelines since McCoy entered the NFL in 2009 with Philadelphia.

Gore has had the edge in production with 436 yards rushing and 107 receiving versus McCoys 216 yards rushing and 134 receiving. Both have scored three TDs.

They last met in Buffalos 27-14 season-opening loss in 2015 in both players first games with their respective teams.

Overall, Gore has 41 games with 100 yards rushing, one short of tying O.J. Simpson for 16th on the NFL list. McCoy is tied for 24th with 36 100-yard games.

ROAD WOES

Indy is 1-5 on the road, its worst mark since going 0-8 in 2011. The numbers havent been pretty away from Indianapolis. Toss out a 20-14 win at Houston on Nov. 5 and the Colts have been outscored 182-82 on the road. Theyve allowed more than 40 points twice and 30 or more points four times.

And theyll play their final two road games without linebacker John Simon, who went on injured reserve Tuesday.

BY THE SACKFUL

The Colts have allowed an NFL-worst 51 sacks, including 32 over the past six games.

Its just one of those things where people smell blood in the water, Pagano said. Theyre going to keep coming until you stop it.

The Colts defense has 20 sacks, tied for 31st with the Bills.

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?

Colts owner Jim Irsay expected to be back in the playoff hunt this season. A loss to Buffalo would officially end those chances and mark the third straight year Indys missed the playoffsthe teams longest stretch since 1992-94.

Buffalos 17-season playoff drought is the longest active streak in North Americas four major professional sports.

SNOW BOWL

Buffalo enjoyed its first measurable snowfall of the season Thursday, with more in the forecast this weekend.

I love it. Im good with snow. It could be 10 feet and Im cool, said Bills safety Micah Hyde, who spent the previous four seasons with Green Bay. As long as its not 30 below.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s on Sunday.

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