The Cleveland Browns have a very talented team and will rely on a few of them to help the team get a win Sunday at Minnesota
When you have talent on your team, at any level of play, it helps go a long way to victories. Like all NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns have a lot of talent. What separates the teams in the NFL comes down to those little things like effort, heart, and desire.
Those prerequisites to victory have been seen in several Browns players on their road to wins so far this season and because of this, Cleveland will continue to win and be in the race to the Super Bowl the rest of the year.
This weekend the Browns travel to play the Minnesota Vikings, who just picked up their first win on the season. It’ll be a homecoming for Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, as he returns to face the team that virtually raised him from coaching childhood, as Stefanski was an assistant coach with them since 2006.
The Vikings have struggled, especially on the defensive side of the ball giving up a whopping 409 yards a game to their opponent. That’s near the bottom of the NFL league rankings. So the Browns will get some great opportunities to keep their foot to the floor as they are averaging 410 yards a game on offense.
Several Browns players will need to step up big time to keep putting that pressure on opponents’ weaker defenses and our Browns defense will hopefully continue their overwhelming defensive efforts as they did against last week’s opponent in the Chicago Bears. Here are several players who will need to step up to secure another win on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns key to winning No. 3: Nick Chubb
I’ve said several times in the past that Browns running back Nick Chubb is the best running back in the NFL. While at the moment, Chubb ranks third in the NFL in total yards rushed with 262 yards, he’s done that on 32 few carries, then Tennessee Titan running back Derrick Henry, who has 353 yards so far in the season.
Chubb had 22 carries this past week against the Bears for 84 yards on the ground. That wasn’t spectacular compared to some other Chubb rushing performances, but it was still important because the Browns ran the ball more and helped control the tempo of the game.
I could have easily taken other Browns running back Kareem Hunt, as another key player in this game against the Vikings. Hunt was tremendous against the Bears, rushing for 81 yards and receiving passes for 74 yards. Hunt’s fight and effort were on full display this past week.
The Vikings are giving up 120 yards on the ground to their opponents. So this game is one I can see the Browns again dishing out carries to Chubb and Hunt and trying to control that tempo of the game by pounding the ball down the Vikings’ throats.
Chubb has three touchdowns on the season and I would expect him to get one or two touchdowns in this one. His biggest carry was the 26-yard touchdown scamper he had in week two against the Houston Texans. I have a feeling Chubb is ready to rip off a bigger run in this game.