Looking at the major contributors to the Cleveland Browns 3-1 start
It has been an exciting start to the season for the Cleveland Browns and their fans as they are on a three-game winning streak and tied for the lead in the AFC north. The Browns haven’t shown this much promise since the early 2000s.
They may not be the most complete team but they are using their talent and beating teams that they are supposed to beat. The offensive line is blocking much better and they are showing more discipline than they did a year ago.
Cleveland has seemed to find their identity by running the ball and making explosive plays when they can. They haven’t played the toughest schedule, beating the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Football team, and the Dallas Cowboys. But they have shown they can win in different ways, they won a back and forth game with the Bengals, held a lead the entire game versus Washington, and held off a strong rally from the Cowboys.
Let’s recognize some of the players and coaches who have led the way this season by picking a team MVP, offensive and defensive player of the year, rookie of the year and coach of the year
Most Valuable Player: Nick Chubb
Sadly the Browns superstar running back, Nick Chubb, won’t be on the field for six weeks after suffering an MCL injury against Dallas last Sunday but there is no doubt that he is the engine that drives the Browns’ offense.
The other teams know he is getting the ball and yet they are powerless to stop him. He 335 rushing yards on almost six yards per carry and that’s after only getting six carries last game before getting hurt. He also leads the team with four rushing touchdowns. He ran for over 100 yards in two of the three games he completed while sharing carries with Kareem Hunt.
The offensive line has been a major reason for Chubb’s success as they have been improved by leaps and bounds since last season. They still rushed for more than 300 yards against the Cowboys and Chubb only had six carries.
He won’t be the MVP of the next quarter of the season because he won’t play but when he comes back there is no doubt he will get right back to being the workhorse of the offense.