Browns studs and duds Week 8: Nick Chubb is the best in the business

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Stud: Nick Chubb, Running Back

Entering the night, Nick Chubb was third in the NFL with 740 yards on the ground. Ahead of him were Derrick Henry (755) and Saquon Barkley (779) who already played their Week 8 games — although Henry did already have his bye week so he has just seven games under his belt.

Chubb naturally put himself back in first place with his 101-yard performance. Now at 841 yards, he’s in great shape to try and win the rushing title this season. He could also end up with the most touchdowns on the ground after scoring two on Monday, giving him a league-leading 10 on the season.

What’s more impressive is that he started out facing a stacked box again and had several runs that didn’t gain many yards early in the game. However, he stayed patient and once the holes were there, he took off. Cleveland also saw their offense in its pure form as they had a big lead and then relied on No. 24 to milk the clock and put things on ice.

Browns fans have been saying it for a while but Nick Chubb is the best pure runner in the NFL right now. He’s been proving it for years and now a national audience saw him put on a show on Halloween night.

Stud: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver

While we all knew Amari Cooper was a legit No. 1 wideout, the question about who would be the No. 2 guy continued to surface. Donovan Peoples-Jones has shown the ability in the past but he wasn’t wildly consistent before this season.

Now, that’s changed as he’s put together quite an impressive season. On Monday, he had a season-high 81 yards and has now recorded at least 70 yards in three-straight games and four of the last five.

With his latest performance, he now has 30 receptions for 417 yards putting him on pace for 64 catches and 886 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown but that will come with time. Even without that, his numbers are great for a run-first offense that features Amari Cooper across from him.