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|Five stats that highlight Christian McCaffrey’s early season dominance Three weeks into the NFL season and Christian McCaffrey is just killing it. Get a load of these five impressive stats through Week 3:CMC’s 428 yards from scrimmage through Week 3 are second in the NFL Authentic Da'Norris Searcy Jersey , trailing leader Alvin Kamara by just two yardsHis 271 rushing yards make him the NFL’s third leading rusherHis 5.89 yards per carry ranks third in the NFL (minimum 30 attempts)McCaffrey’s 22 receptions ranks eighth in the league among all players, and second among running backsCMC has lost yards on just one of his 46 rushing attemptsMcCaffrey is proving to be the dual-threat weapon the Panthers envisioned when they drafted him No. 8 overall in 2017. But what’s even more impressive about his rushing statistics is that he’s doing this behind an offensive line which has missed starters Trai Turner, Daryl Williams, and Matt Kalil. While CMC has been the beneficiary of some solid blocking, he’s also done a great job slipping out of tackles or just running right over people. Rushing between the tacklesWhen you look deeper into CMC’s 5.89 yards per carry, he’s actually been more productive rushing between the tackles than around the edges. At the end of every game, NFL’s Next Gen produces a chart showing each rusher’s production between the tackles and around the edges. Here’s CMC’s Next Gen chart from his Week 3 game against the Bengals:NFL Next Gen StatsWhen combining this data with his Week 1 chart and his Week 2 chart, McCaffrey has rushed between the tackles 30 times for 190 yards this season, or a healthy 6.3 yards per carry. I think we can stop asking if he’s “too small” to productively run the ball between the tackles. There are other Christian McCaffrey Next Gen charts for your browsing pleasure Youth Mike Adams Jersey , if you are so inclined, and it is here where you can see he has lost yards on just one rushing attempt this season.The trend may continueAfter a career-high 14 receptions in Week 2 followed by a career-high 184 rushing yards in Week 3 it’s no surprise CMC’s stats look pretty ridiculous right now. While he won’t keep setting new personal records every week, he should be able to sustain a very high level of production from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) for the rest of the season. It’s clear he’ll be on the field almost every snap and he’ll have ample opportunities with the ball in his hands. As the offensive line continues to both gel and get healthier, it looks like McCaffrey will get solid blocking in front of him this year. As a rookie in 2017, CMC performed well but didn’t have all the benefits of being the team’s feature back as he platooned with Jonathan Stewart. As Panthers fans, most of us got tired last year trying to defend why he was worth the No. 8 overall selection in the draft. That’s changed in 2018. Christian McCaffrey is going nuts through Week 3 and there’s no reason why he can’t continue producing at an elite level for the rest of the year. The Panthers are coming off an early bye week. While the timing seemed less than ideal, it gave the Panthers an additional week to recover from their injuries. In their first three games, the offense has scored a total of 71 points. Averaging 24 points a game may not seem like a lot, but it’s more than what was expected out of this patchwork offense that’s filled with new pieces. Although it’s unlikely the Giants will be featured in the postseason after falling to 1-3 Cheap Trai Turner Jersey , coming off a bye week, it’s hard to sleep on any team. The Giants’ defense is far from the prime reason why the team is struggling. If anything, their defense is the key factor as to why the Giants had a chance to win each of their games. New York will also be getting some much needed help this week with the return of defensive end Josh Mauro after sitting out a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Giants are also anticipating the return of linebacker Olivier Vernon and cornerback Eli Apple.Currently, the Panthers are 7.5 point favorites over the Giants. Here are three keys for Carolina’s offense to defeat New York:Utilize the zone read: The Giants struggled defending the zone read against the Jaguars, Cowboys, and Saints. The Panthers are able to utilize the zone read because of Cam Newton’s size, athleticism, and ability to run. Carolina leads the league with 166 rushing yards per game. While Christian McCaffrey adds to the Panthers’ ground success with his shiftiness, a big reason is Newton. Defend against the pass rush: New York hasn’t had a real threatening pass rush. Connor Barwin has yet to deliver and Lorenzo Carter has only shown flashes here and there. B.J. Hill leads the team with two sacks. However Cheap Donte Jackson Jersey , the return of top edge rusher Vernon could be a difference maker. In his two seasons with New York, Vernon has combined for a total 15 sacks and 66 tackles. Stopping the pass rush allows Carolina to make plays to its receivers against a weak Giants’ secondary. Expose the Secondary: As stated above, Giants have a weak secondary. While Apple will most certainly add to the depth, Giants struggle for quality beyond Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins. Aside from being Carolina’s top rusher, McCaffrey is the team’s top receiver. CMC is Newton’s No. 1 weapon and should continue to be a threat. Exposing New York’s secondary allows for opportunities for rookies such as D.J. Moore and Ian Thomas to make plays.This game will come down to building momentum after a bye week and taking advantage of the Giant’s defensive woes. Although the Giants have some big names returning on Sunday, the Panthers should enter the game with the confidence for a win.