Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey sets a career-high for broken tackles
The Houston Texans had no answers for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey in Week 4. Not only did the third-year back record a career-high in touches (37) and added 179 totals yards and a score, he also broke a record.
According to Pro Football Focus, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, McCaffrey had 11 broken tackles on his 37 touches, which is the most ever.
Just like that, McCaffrey continues to prove that he’s one of the NFL elite running backs. His stat line, outside of broken tackles would tell the same. Through four weeks, he leads the league in rushing yards (411) and yards from scrimmage (629). He also has four touchdowns (all rushing).
Despite McCaffrey having a record-breaking day on Sunday, Texans coach Bill O’Brien believes his team did a good job containing him.
“Christian’s a great player, Christian McCaffrey’s a great player. I thought we did a decent job against him overall, though,” said O’Brien on Monday, via the team’s official website. “He made some plays, he’s going to make some plays, he’s a great player. But I thought our guys held up pretty well.”
O’Brien got one thing right: McCaffrey is a great player. The rest, not so much, as the Texans’ defense struggled to contain him despite his comments. Or, perhaps, the defense did well and McCaffrey could’ve broken 300 yards.
Nonetheless, the Panthers running back continues to set the NFL landscape ablaze while giving defensive coordinators headaches. Next week, the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator, Todd Wash, will have his work cut out for him.