As festive soccer approaches, Christian McCaffrey has his eye on a sensational finish to a surprising season for the San Francisco 49ers.
With Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season within the books, head coach Kyle Shanahan is trying to information his Santa Clara facet to a second NFC Championship in 5 years and erase 2019 Tremendous Bowl woe.
The Niners’ possibilities of doing so at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas come February, are trying oh so wholesome.
Boasting an offense as versatile and electrical as any within the NFL, SF might lastly seal a primary Tremendous Bowl title in virtually three a long time, however might CMC sweeten the pot with an unlikely however merited MVP?
Since his mid-season change from Carolina final time period – oh how Panthers’ GM Scott Fitterer have to be gritting his tooth at that decision – the 27-year from Colorado has been a revelation at Levi Stadium.
This time period has underlined his Golden-Gated credentials, placing behind him many a season of harm woe in Charlotte, now, the highest of many a props wager on any given Sunday.
McCaffrey is so far the one RB to hurry over 1,000 yards this time period and is second in TDs alone to the Dolphins’ Raheem Mostert – who once more grabbed one other brace on Sunday.
Kyle Shanahan says Christian McCaffrey by no means needs to be taken out of the sport due to on a regular basis he missed with accidents
“That’s what’s cool about him. He needs to show all people flawed on a regular basis, and he’s normally proper.” pic.twitter.com/ZlzJnVndts
— KNBR (@KNBR) December 18, 2023
Extra not too long ago, McCaffrey has confirmed his rising versatility by including seven receiving TDs – now tying Seahawks’ WR DK Metcalf, in receiving TDs alone – from simply 57 carries for 507 yds.
In Week 4 of this season, the Stanford collegiate broke Jerry Rice’s franchise file towards Arizona with a Thirteenth-consecutive TD recreation.
The information have tumbled this season for CMC, so might he but thrown his identify into the hat for MVP?
Within the final decade, quarterbacks have dominated the MVP post-season roost, certainly, the final participant aside from a QB to win the coveted prize was Adrian Peterson in 2012.
Eleven years again, the Minnesota Vikings’ RB reached 2,000 speeding yds – the second-most of any participant in a single NFL season in historical past.
McCaffrey could also be a way off that, however his all-round contribution to the 49ers offense has been irreplaceable.
In Week 6, when McCaffrey sustained an indirect harm at house to Cleveland mid-game, CMC was pressured out.
Not solely did it drive a shock Browns win in California, McCaffrey was at restricted capability for the next two video games, speeding simply 45 and 54 yds in back-to-back losses.
His return to relative well being, has sparked the Niners again into life, now, notching a sixth win on the spin at Arizona this previous Sunday.
Speeding for over 100 yds for the sixth time this season, McCaffrey notched a second hat-trick of TDs.
If the Niners attain Las Vegas and Tremendous Bowl LVIII, McCaffrey has the numbers to sway the argument, and in a decent contest on the Strip in February, CMC could possibly be the distinction.
A 33/1 shot earlier than Week 15, McCaffrey is now halved in value with many bookies, at a finest 16/1 with BetUK.
McCaffrey is presently fifth-favourite within the markets to be named MVP – after the most recent Jalen Hurts no-show – however he battles a powerhouse quartet, together with his personal QB, Brock Purdy.
In simply his second season, the 23-year-old from Iowa State has advanced from a promising rookie to a possible NFL nice.
Purdy (29 TDs, 3,795 yds) is favorite to take the prize if SF lastly finish their 29-year Championship drought, however Dak Prescott might but stand in the best way.
The Dallas Cowboys are 7-0 in Arlington this season, nonetheless, as they confirmed on the Payments this previous weekend, the Boys’ are far much less sure on the highway. That might hurt Dak’s possibilities considerably.
Because the hopes of 1 QB is likely to be fading, each Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen might but storm the get together, with the Ravens a superb shot to complete prime seed, and Allen’s resurgent Buffalo facet changing into one thing of a darkish horse.
For a lot of, Purdy seems to be nailed-on at 1/2 with William Hill, however Jackson may benefit a flutter at 5s additionally with ‘Hills.
One last left-field decide, Tyreek Hill has loved his finest time period so far in Miami, and having notched 1,542 receiving yds and 12 TDs for simply 97 receptions up to now, the Cheetah may but go near changing into the primary participant to go previous 2,000 yds.
Sadly for Hill, his ankle harm picked up towards the Titans in Week 14, noticed him on the touchlines solely within the squash of the Jets.
Hill will want one other 458 yds mixed versus the Cowboys, Ravens and Payments but when the ‘Fins did make it to Sin Metropolis, has Tua Tagovailoa accomplished sufficient to scoop the prize?
The reply to that’s arguably, no, and as such, Hill as a 30/1 punt with Unibet may but look shrewd.