With several inches of snow piled on the field, plowing straight ahead made sense for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Their offensive line made the strategy pay off.

Chip Kelly rattles off the numbers of those offensive linemen when asked to explain the success of his team’s run game. Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson don’t get much recognition, but coaches and teammates credit the big guys up front for helping LeSean McCoy and the offense lead the NFL in rushing.

That’s helped the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) take a one-game lead in the NFC East.

“We’ve got some guys that can block, and we’ve got a very, very talented running back,” Kelly said. “This whole deal is a personnel-driven thing, and we’ve got some really talented guys on the offensive line.”

The line had its best game of the season in a 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions. They dominated defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, paving the way for McCoy to run for a franchise-best 217 yards in blizzard-like conditions.

McCoy had touchdown runs of 57 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter and Chris Polk had a 38-yard TD run. The Eagles ran for 299 yards and scored four TDs rushing against a defense that hadn’t allowed a TD on the ground in the previous eight games and came in ranked No. 3 vs. the run.

“We love when we are able to have so much success in the run game,” Mathis said. “We don’t really put much emphasis on where teams are ranked against the run. We just put on the tape and try to figure out the best way for us to block our opponents.”

Left guard Mathis, center Kelce, and right guard Herremans were responsible for shutting down Suh and Fairley. They opened up gaping lanes, allowing McCoy to gain most of his yards up the middle.

“You don’t really think about the hype,” Kelce said. “If our team’s going to be successful, it really came down to us three getting it done against those two. Those two are pretty much the heart and soul of that defense.”