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Jaguars Fall to Panthers: Mccaffrey for MVP

In the early going of Carolina vs Jacksonville, two gritty teams in need of a win met each other with force in the trenches. Without either (regularly) starting quarterback, the Jaguars and Panthers adjusted their game plans to be more run heavy(400 combined rushing yards), with schemes orchestrated by their respective young talent in QB Gardner Minshew and QB Kyle Allen.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 06: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A battle of backup quarterbacks ultimately ended with the Panthers taking a much needed home victory(their first of the season). But most fans may have overlooked the QB play in this game, as a potential MVP candidate continues to make his case week to week as the best back in the NFL.

Something special is brewing in Carolina, and it’s not the performance of superstar QB Cam Newton. The monster attack from 3rd year RB Christian McCaffrey is the catalyst for the Panthers win column, along with a revitalized offense performing well with backup QB Kyle Allen being able to rely on a sturdy run game.

Complemented by a strong front seven and dominant takeaway defense, Mccaffery slashed the Jaguars with 176 rushing yards, 61 receiving, and 3 total TDs. The balanced nature of Mccaffery’s contribution in the receiving and running game has been consistent through the first five weeks, which draws comparisons to Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk of the LA(at the time, St.Louis) Rams. Although a quarterback driven award, Mccaffery should be considered for MVP.

Mccaffrey for Mvp

In the last 6 seasons, every MVP award has gone to a quarterback, 2018’s NFL MVP being Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. Most feel Mahomes was an obvious choice, and considering his numbers in his first year starting, I would agree. But 2019 has been a different season for one Christian McCaffrey, and his dominance has been unrivaled at the position thus far. In four of five games this year, McCaffrey has eclipsed 100+yards of offense, totaling 866 scrimmage yards. When Cam Newton returns healthy, the team will likely be able to reach their full potential as a dynamic offense, and elevate to a top five position in the league.

If McCaffrey is able to maintain this pace, he could reach over 2400 all purpose yards, and would have to be high in consideration for MVP votes. The main factors to get votes that his performance against the Jaguars illuminated are wins, reliability(health, down & distance role, etc.),touchdowns, % of team yards, and touches. Mccaffery is dominating in every category he can, and with three straight wins, things are starting to look more promising for his case as an MVP. With a swift return from Cam Newton, his odds should elevate even more, and force a running back to be seriously considered for the first time since Adrian Peterson in 2012.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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