Cleveland Browns studs and duds from Week 5 loss to the 49ers
Stud: Nick Chubb
The Cleveland Browns did not many have opportunities to get the run game going after quickly getting behind 14-0. But when the Browns decided to run the football, they were doing so with success.
Nick Chubb continued to be a problem for defenders to bring down, rushing for 87 yards on 16 carries, with his longest carry going for 37 yards. He also caught one reception for 12 yards.
The offense found its footing once Chubb was getting touches. Chubb continued to gain chunks of yardage and put the offense in favorable positions. After a few carries, the Browns had openings when using play-action, but they just couldn’t take advantage of the openings.
Once the Browns fell behind, Kitchens quickly realized he needed to start using Chubb to gain some sort of offensive momentum. Chubb helped get the Browns to the red zone, but the offense could not capitalize.
It is quickly becoming apparent that Chubb is the catalyst who gets the Browns offense going. He is effective almost every time he has the football in his hands and can quickly break a big run. But the Browns need to start utilizing him from the start of the game to establish the run and use ball control to gain momentum.
With hardly any positives against the 49ers, Chubb continuing to run hard and gain large chunks of yardage is one of the only good signs for the Browns offense.