Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey runs a drill during a Fan Fest practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Christian McCaffrey, starting running back for the Carolina Panthers, faces off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight. Want to check our predictions for the game? Click here. CMC, coming off of an impressive last week against the L.A Rams where he put up over 200 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns, is looking to capitalize on that momentum going against a young, inexperienced Buccaneers defense. But I think this will be another feather in his cap for his MVP case at the end of the year. Mark it down, folks: Christian Mccaffrey is my dark-horse pick for MVP.

Background

Christian Mccaffrey, the third-year man out of Stanford, is a do it all type of back. He excels between the tackles, can bounce it to the outside, and is an elite level receiving back. He has been since his high school days, (I can vouch because I have watched him play in high school, no flex or anything). He comes from quite the athletic family as well: his father Ed Mccaffrey was a solid Wide Receiver in the NFL for 13 seasons and won 3 Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos. His mom, Lisa McCaffrey, was a standout collegiate soccer player, earning Vanderbilt’s first women’s scholarship. He also has two brothers, one who is currently enrolled at Michigan and plays for Jim Harbaugh, and another who saw time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. Needless to say, this family as some athletes.

2019 Season

Looking back on Christian Mccaffrey’s 2018 stats, it’s hard to argue if he improves that he doesn’t have a case for MVP. He rushed for nearly 1,100 yards, averaging 5.0 yards a carry. He was also targeted in the passing game often, getting 124 targets and bringing down 107 of them for over 800 yards. With Quarterback Cam Newton fully healed from offseason shoulder surgery but hobbled by a lower leg injury, we can expect to see a heavy dose of CMC in the near future. And with the next 2 games coming against Arizona and Houston, Christian McCaffrey should explode and propel his name into the talks for MVP. Now, will the rest of his team keep up with his great start to the season and keep Carolina afloat in the division enough to keep CMC relevant and help him stand out? That is yet to be seen. But if McCaffrey can keep up this play, expect to see him in the talks for MVP come January.

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