Through the air and on the ground McCaffrey made it happen for Carolina
McCaffrey dominates Texans to lead Panthers to win
The best player on the field Sunday was without a doubt Christian McCaffrey. The Houston Texans had no answers for the all-purpose wonder as he led the Panthers to a 16-10 victory in Houston.
McCaffrey would finish the day with 179 total yards. Through the air he was the Panthers leading receiver catching 10 passes for 86 yards. He had a key third down reception to keep a drive alive and though the Panthers didn't score, they flipped the field on the Texans.
He caught that?!
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Bill O'Brien would challenge the above play but to no avail it would stand as called.
On the ground, the Panthers star back was equally hard to solve but the Texans had a little more success slowing him down on the ground. He carried the ball 27 time for 93 yards which is a 3.4 yards per carry average. He did score the only touchdown of the day for Carolina as he scampered in from three yards out.
"He's a great player. You have to know where he is on every play," said head coach Bill O'Brien.
14 of the 37 touches for McCaffrey went for 6-plus yards as he was the only thing really working on any consistent basis for the Panthers. More than a few times he got a free release from the Texans offense making his catch easy. He was a nightmare matchup for Zach Cunningham in coverage.