How he beats you: McCoy established himself as one of the game’s top backs as he recorded a career year. He has 273 carries for 1309 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns. His touchdown total leads the NFL, and his yardage total ranks second. McCoy also is a good receiver out of the backfield, with 48 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. The third-year pro has great speed and shiftiness, which makes him tough to catch. “He’s a great open-field runner, and he’s got a lot of quick moves in the open field,” Redskins linebacker Perry Riley says. “We’ve got to wrap up. He’s a great back.”

How to stop him: The Redskins must avoid getting caught in one-on-one situations with the shifty McCoy, because he has the moves and speed to make defenders miss. To prepare for him, Washington’s defenders practiced group pursuits of the speedy Brandon Banks to acclimate themselves to what they’ll see on Sunday. “The way he’s shifty and cuts; the way he finds holes, and the way he can make people miss, we’ve got to corral him,” outside linebacker Brian Orakpo says. “Like coach says, it’s like chasing a rabbit. All 11 guys around the rabbit, hopefully you’ll bring him down.”

Bottom line: McCoy ran all over the Redskins in their first meeting of the season. He racked up 126 yards on 28 carries and scored a touchdown. If he gets going, the task of slowing Michael Vick only grows more difficult. So Orakpo and his teammates hope to take away the run while also aiming to keep Vick in the backfield and forcing him to beat them with his arm. Having given up more than 200 rushing yards last week against Minnesota, Washington’s defensive players are motivated to rebound and finish the season on a strong note. “We obviously want to do a better job than what we did last week, and the run is going to be the No. 1 objective regardless of anything,” Orakpo says. “Hopefully we can keep them one-dimensional and keep them in the air.”