Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ahead of pace to break NFL yards from scrimmage record
The Carolina Panthers’ season may be trending towards missing the playoffs but that hasn’t stopped Christian McCaffrey from possibly creating history. Heading into Week 12, McCaffrey is ahead of pace to break the NFL’s yards from scrimmage record.
As of this moment, the Panthers’ dynamic running back has contributed 1,059 rushing yards on 199 rushing attempts and 11 touchdowns. Altogether, McCaffrey has totaled 1,576 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns.
Provided that, McCaffrey is on pace to garner 2,523 yards from scrimmage over the course of the entire season. Of course, the record for yards from scrimmage was set by Chris Johnson in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans.
Back in 2009, Johnson had 2,006 rushing yards and 503 receiving yards for a grand total of 2,509 yards from scrimmage. While it’s unlikely that McCaffrey rushes for over 2,000 yards, he’s already ahead of where Johnson was in his first 10 games in terms of yards.
Currently, many believe that Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson is leading the race for the NFL’s MVP Award. Due to being on a team that could have a losing record and playing at an expendable position, McCaffrey likely won’t be considered in the voting.
Over the course of recent history, the NFL’s MVP trophy has typically gone to a quarterback deserving of the honors. Still, that shouldn’t take away the fact that McCaffrey is having one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen from a running back.
McCaffrey will look to continue his impressive campaign on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have given up only 85.3 rushing yards per game (third-fewest in the NFL). Luckily for McCaffrey, he is capable of doing damage through the air as a receiver.