Rival Christian McCaffrey on the Panthers wins top running back honors with a 97 rating, which, given his injury-plagued 2020 season, is honestly ridiculous. CMC played in just three games last year, and though he still racked up 225 rushing yards and five total touchdowns, it was only three games. Talk about teeny tiny sample size.
Henry, on the other hand, started 16 of 16 and led the league in rushing attempts (378), rushing yards (2,027), rushing touchdowns (17), touches (397), and yards from scrimmage (2,141). No running back in the league has dominated like Henry in the past two years, CMC included.
Even in his best years, McCaffrey had fewer total yards, fewer yards per carry, and fewer touchdowns than Derrick Henry did in 2020. And Henry’s got the best odds to win next season’s rushing title.
Put simply, there’s no objective metric that gives McCaffrey the edge over Henry next season. If anything, McCaffrey’s injury should be a disadvantage.
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The only reason we can think of as to why McCaffrey still reigns running back king (according to video games) is that he’s a better receiver than Henry is (2,672 receiving yards, but, whatever). He’s got good hands, sure, but as far as Titans fans are concerned, that’s the only statistic that CMC beats Henry in. The EA Sports directors were at least sane enough to dock off some points from McCaffrey’s 99 rating last year.
But while we’re on the topic, why hasn’t Henry joined the 99 Club yet? Henry’s Madden 22 rating jumped up three points from last year, but why not more?
Rating him below an injured McCaffrey is one thing, but Henry has done more than enough to solidify his elite status.
Entry to that exclusive 99 Club has been recently granted to Travis Kelce, Aaron Donald, and Davante Adams, but after Henry’s monster season, he deserves a golden ticket, too.
As for the other backs: Nick Chubbs ties Henry for a second-place while Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara round out the rest of the top five at 95 and 94, respectively.
Last year’s slew of injuries clearly wasn’t enough for McCaffrey to cede his No. 1 running back rating to someone more deserving (ahem), but it’s no matter. This year, Henry’s coming for you and your title.