3 Cleveland Browns players who will be key in Week 14
3. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt
This is a two-for-one to kick things off but the Browns running game has gone from the Nick Chubb show to a solid balance between him and Kareem Hunt, who has been playing well since joining the team following his eight-game suspension.
Chubb has been a monster this season and has 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns. If he didn’t get a single touch the rest of the season it would still go down as a fantastic year. He’s even grown as a receiver, catching 31 passes for 245 yards.
Hunt has been playing second-fiddle to Chubb but is averaging five yards per rush in his first four games. He has a total of 125 yards and a touchdown. He’s more polished as a receiver than Chubb and already has 20 receptions for 118 yards and another touchdown.
Most importantly, he’s been incredibly unselfish and has even thrown some nice blocks when he and Chubb are in the backfield together.
Given how the Bengals slowed down New York’s running game, the Browns will need to get these two going. Should they do that, the offense can control the pace of the game and keep their banged-up defense off the field and rested. It will also take some of the pressure off Baker Mayfield while allowing him to use the play-action pass, which he excels with.