After a month of activity, it seems that the first outlines are already taking shape towards the most important individual award in the NFL: the Most Valuable Player. Since 2012, the regular season MVP has been awarded to quarterbacksbut Christian McCaffrey has sounded to change that dynamic.
The San Francisco 49ers running back is a true workhorse, with 80 carries for 459 yards (5.7 yards per attempt) and six rushing touchdowns; In addition, he has caught 18 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, giving a total of 600 yards and seven scores on offense..
But the debate intensified with a sublime performance in Week 4, in the Niners' victory over the Arizona Cardinals (35-16). McCaffrey rushed for 106 yards and caught seven receptions for 71 yards, with a career-high four touchdowns.
In an offense loaded with weapons for young Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey has proven to be the most effective. The team has 14 consecutive victories in the regular season and the former Carolina Panthers running back has only lost one game with the Gambusino jersey, just against the Kansas City Chiefs, in his first game with the bay team.
Besides, He reached 13 consecutive regular season games with touchdowns, thereby breaking the record that Jerry Rice had in the franchise, which positions him as a still important element for the San Francisco 49ers.
When was the last time a non-QB won the award?
We have to go back to 2012, when Adrian Peterson achieved the award by rushing for 2,097 yards with the Minnesota Vikings, setting a record for rushing yards.
Before him, LaDanian Tomlinson took the award, in a season of 1,815 yards, 508 receiving and 28 rushing touchdowns, an NFL record. A year earlier, Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks was MVP with a 1,880-yard, 27-touchdown season.
In 2000, St. Louis Rams' Marshall Faulk earned the award with 1,359 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, as well as 830 receiving yards and 26 total touchdowns. They are the only running backs in the 21st century to have been named NFL MVP.
With his performance, McCaffrey is projected to finish with 1,951 yards on the ground, 26 rushing touchdowns, 77 receptions, 599 yards in this way and four touchdowns in catches, that is, 30 touchdowns on offense... that is if he maintains a pace in his own right. difficult.
In a season in which Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen have delivered spectacular numbers, McCaffrey has tough competition, but his hopes lie in his versatility, offensive contribution and, to a large extent, to the good times that San Francisco is experiencing.