The versatility shown by Christian McCaffrey with the San Francisco 49ers and the strength exhibited by Derrick Henry in the Tennessee Titans has powered the offenses of these teams until week 8 of the season.
McCaffrey He came at a time when the 49ers needed him most. The Castle Rock, Colorado-born running back left the Carolina Panthers in exchange for three 2023 draft picks and one 2024 draft pick to play with San Francisco beginning in week seven.
The 26-year-old joined the team on Friday, October 21, and on Sunday, October 23, he appeared in the Gambusinos uniform in the 44-23 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite not mastering the playbook, McCaffrey he helped the offense with his ability to run the ball; he had 38 rushing yards, averaged 4.8 per carry, and his ability as a receiver, he caught two passes for 24 yards, 12 for each reception.
Last Sunday, in a vital duel against the champion Los Angeles Rams, with whom the 49ers compete in the NFC West, and without their star Deebo Samuelinjured from the hamstring, Christian shone by triple game in the victory by 31-14.
McCaffrey got three touchdowns; he first passed for a 34-yard touchdown on a trick play that ended with a catch from Brandon Ayukthen caught a pass in the end zone, closed out his run with a one-yard rushing touchdown.
A feat that only three other players have achieved in the league since 1970; running back Walter Payton in 1979, catcher David Patten in 2001 and running back LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005.
That hybrid characteristic to run and catch the ball is also possessed by Deebo Samuel; that combined with one of the best tight ends in the NFL, George Kittle, and alongside running back Kyle Juszczyk They promise to form one of the most fearsome attacks in the league.
The 49ers are second to NFC West with a 4-4 record, they are chasing leader Seattle who is 5-3.
If the performance of Derrick Henry is about offenses that terrify defenses, last Sunday, he was overwhelming with 219 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Tennessee Titans’ 17-10 win over the Houston Texans.
With those two annotations, the runner added 75 that placed him as the leader of the Los Angeles franchise. titanssurpassed legend Eddie George, who played on the team between 1996 and 2003.
Furthermore, it was the fourth time in the career of Henry who runs over 200 yards against the Texans.
In 2019 he scored 211 and three touchdowns, in week six of 2020 he added 212 with two touchdowns and on matchday 17 of that same year he ran for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
In runner born in Yulee, Fla., recovered from a foot injury that limited him in the first two weeks of the season to averaging 3.5 yards per carry; the titans they resented it and started the season with a mark of two losses.
without that hassle Derrick Henry he is now the second rushing yarder in the league, with 755, and number two in scoring with seven, statistics with which he has helped Tennessee to get a streak of five consecutive wins.
The titans march in first place AFC South with 5-2; they seek to repeat what was done in 2021, when they finished the season as the best team in the AFC with a record of 12-5.
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McCaffrey and Henry named NFL Players of Week 8