Cleveland Browns Stud: Running backs
The Cleveland Browns running backs, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, both started the 2021 season off with a bang. While Chubb gained 83 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, Hunt saw only 33 yards rushing for a touchdown, but also added three catches for 28 yards, including a long screen pass that helped get the Browns in good field position to win the game late.
While Hunt’s run after the catch wasn’t enough to help the Browns get the victory, he and his backfield mate both still excelled against the Chiefs, showing that the strength of the 2020 team, running the ball, wasn’t a fluke.
Not only did both running backs both record a touchdown, but they both were well above the NFL average in yards per attempt, both gaining 5.5 yards per rush in this game. With the NFL average being closer to four yards per rush, it’s clear that the Browns, their offensive line, and their running backs still know how to run the ball, and how to do it effectively.
While Nick Chubb had the fumble in the second half, and that appeared to be the turning point of the game that did the Browns in, his overall play in this game is still to be lauded. He would be the first to tell you that he messed up and has to play better for this team to win these kinds of games, but in the end, fans should be proud of both of their running backs in this Week 1 game, regardless of the outcome.