3. Chubb and Hunt each get 18 touches
So far, the duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt has proven to be as good as any in the NFL at running back. Chubb can pound the rock up the middle, while Hunt is more dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield. I say that but I have yet to see a defensive player run Chubb down in the open field, and Hunt has looked tremendous running the ball up the gut this year as well.
While it seems crazy to give two running backs each 18 touches, any Browns fan will realize this is a recipe for success. The offensive line has created gaping holes, and the yards after contact from these two has been unprecedented through two weeks.
Hunt had 17 touches and 81 yards against the Ravens in week one. \Unfortunately, some of these touches came in garbage time, but he was more than effective when the game was close. In Week 2, Hunt saw his touches go down to 12. However, he had 101 yards and two touchdowns. Look for the Browns to get him more touches in the passing game this week, especially the screen game that has yet to develop that Stefanski loves so much.
Chubb was taken out in the fourth quarter of the week one blowout and only saw 11 touches for 66 total yards. He had some nice runs early but was taken out of the game plan when the team fell behind multiple scores early. The team really leaned on him vs. the Bengals in Week 2 where he had 23 touches and 133 yards with two touchdowns. Nothing will change in Week 3 as Stefanski will certainly look to establish the ground game early and often in Washington.
After success vs. the Bengals, expect both of these workhorses to get significant touches on Sunday afternoon.