5 Bold Cleveland Browns predictions for Week 1 against Panthers

Browns, Myles Garrett. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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Browns, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt combine for 200 yards of offense

The best part of the Cleveland offense is their reliable run game. They have some new faces at quarterback and wide receiver but having Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt back and healthy this season is a huge factor.

Hunt was especially missed last season as he was absent from nine games a year ago. D’Ernest Johnson did a great job in his absence and Chubb continues to show out but Hunt just brings a different energy and can turn the tide in the blink of an eye.

I expect Chubb to get 15 to 20 carries in this first game and him to plow over 100 yards rushing in the game. He has a career 5.3 yards a carry average and 83 yards a game average over his first four seasons.

Hunt will get probably get eight to 12 carries in the contest, but he’ll also be used as a receiver which is a huge advantage the Browns have due to his prowess in the passing game. I see Hunt going for 50 to 60 yards on the ground and then another 50 through those patented screen passes.

If these two stars can get off to a fast start, then the Panthers will not have a chance on Sunday.