Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey is on pace to make NFL history
The Panthers’ dual-threat back has rushed for 989 yards on 185 carries and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Along with his rushing numbers, he has hauled in 48 receptions for 396 yards and three touchdowns.
Altogether, McCaffrey has combined for 1,385 yards from scrimmage for the Panthers. That puts him on pace to total 2,462 yards from scrimmage, which would put him at the second-most of all-time.
Of course, Chris Johnson set the NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans in 2009. However, McCaffrey actually has more yards in his first nine games than Johnson did.
Back in 2009, when Johnson combined for 2,509 yards from scrimmage, 2,009 of those yards came on the ground. While it’s unlikely that McCaffrey rushes for 2,000 yards, he can make up for it with his receiving numbers.
In just his third season in the NFL, McCaffrey has shown that he is the most dynamic running back in the league. Also, in a league that is dominated by quarterbacks, it’s refreshing to see a running back etch his name into the MVP conversation.
The last running back to win MVP was Adrian Peterson in 2012.
Most people will list Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson as their favorite to win the prestigious award. But in the event that McCaffrey surpasses Johnson’s record, there has to be some consideration for him to take home the trophy.