Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is making a strong case for NFL MVP

    By Ryan Ward
    Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

    The Carolina Panthers fell into a 0-2 hole to start the 2019 season. Since then, the Carolina Panthers have turned it around, grabbing three straight wins. A major reason for their recent success has been the continued dominating play of star running back Christian McCaffrey. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, McCaffrey is on pace to break the all-time single-season mark for total scrimmage yards.

     

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    McCaffrey is leading the NFL with 105 carries for 587 yards and has added 31 catches for 279 yards. That’s a total of 866 yards from scrimmage in five games, which puts him on pace for 2,771 yards from scrimmage over a 16-game season.

    The current mark is held by former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. Johnson had 2,509 yards in the 2009 season. His dominance that year helped him earn the MVP award.

     

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    Christian McCaffrey has been playing a career-best pace as he has continued to stuff the stat sheet with stellar performances. He is coming off his best outing of the year, posting 176 rushing yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns along with six catches for 61 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    The 23-year-old is making a strong argument that he is the best running back in the league. This is due  in large part to being a legitimate dual-threat option out of the backfield. McCaffrey will have plenty of opportunities ahead to add to his strong start by making a solid argument to be in the MVP conversation alongside the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.