On Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns dominated the Cincinnati Bengals, earning a victory in the first “Battle of Ohio” in 2021. Whose performance earned them the status of a stud, and who is deserving of being called a dud?
After a week filled with nothing but drama, the Cleveland Browns let all of their frustrations out on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. It started early and often, as everything seemed to go the way of Cleveland, as they routed the Bengals 41-16.
On offense, nothing could go wrong, as every receiver, running back, and offensive linemen were on the same page as quarterback Baker Mayfield.
On defense, all three levels of defenders caused havoc for quarterback Joe Burrow and his offense, forcing two interceptions and sacking him time and again.
Overall, it was a great day for the Browns as they got to 5-4 on the season, and started to look every bit the playoff contender they were expected to be at the start of the season. With that said, let’s take a look at the studs and duds for Cleveland after their dominating victory.
Cleveland Browns stud: Nick Chubb
Another gameday, another breakout performance from Nick Chubb. If you’re new to watching Cleveland Browns football, get used to seeing big plays from this running back, and get used to seeing his name written behind the word “stud” in these articles.
Chubb absolutely went off against the Bengals, rushing for 137 yards on just 14 carries with two touchdowns. While averaging nearly 10 yards per carry is impressive, Chubb made it look rather easy, finding the hole and getting to the second level before being touched on nearly every rushing attempt he had.
After pounding it in from the one-yard line in the first half, Chubb’s second touchdown came on a 70-yard rush that had the Bengals home stadium rumbling from all the Browns fans celebrating. If you didn’t see the Bengals logo in the endzone, you would have thought the game was actually in Cleveland.
Nick Chubb is a special player, and he has a chance to finally win the NFL rushing title with Tennessee Titan’s running back Derrick Henry likely out for the year with a foot injury. He definitely put himself in a good position to do so but will need many more games like that to reach the top.
While individual accolades don’t seem to matter to Chubb, winning the rushing title is still a great feat for anyone. He’ll take a team win over anything for himself, but his big day was one of the big reasons his team found the win column.