The Atlanta Falcons have been dodging bullets when it comes to playing some of the NFL’s brightest stars this season.
First, it started when Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns was involved in a scary car crash — which he was thankfully able to walk away from — and wasn’t able to play against the Falcons (along with Deshaun Watson, due to suspension, if we want to count that), and then last Sunday when the 49ers had to hold their best defensive player, Nick Bosa, out due to an injury.
Now, they are going to avoid playing one of the NFL’s best playmakers due to a big trade that has gone down in the league.
Atlanta Falcons will avoid Christian McCaffrey following trade out of Carolina
The Atlanta Falcons just dominated the San Francisco 49ers and the 49ers have now tried to heal the wound by trading for Christian McCaffrey.
As you can see, the Carolina Panthers have traded their star running back, Christian McCaffrey, to Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers for a total of four draft picks.
Coincidentally, the Atlanta Falcons, as previously mentioned, just played the 49ers in their final game without the star running back (at least until he gets injured), and are preparing to play the Carolina Panthers twice in the next four weeks.
That is what we call threading the needle, as we will not have to play the stud running back at all during the regular season, but who knows, maybe we will have to stop him in the playoffs but we are not quite there yet.
Even if we do play him, the Falcons have done a great job defending him all things considered. In six games against Atlanta, McCaffrey only has one game with 100 rushing yards and that was in 2018 when he had 101 rushing yards, and he only has one total touchdown. Not exactly what you would expect from a star like CMC.
So, if there is one winner of this trade, other than the 49ers, it is the Atlanta Falcons as they have now avoided playing him. In fact, they haven’t even played him since December 8th, 2019.