Cleveland Browns bold prediction No. 2: Nick Chubb will split carries with Jerome Ford
There’s been speculation this week if running back Nick Chubb would play out the remaining two games of the season since the Browns were out of playoff contention. However, Chubb indicated to the local media this week that he intends to play. Now how much he’ll run is still up for some debate, but he will still carry the ball some.
Chubb has gained 1,344 yards this year and is only 151 yards removed from outdoing his 2019 season where he ran for 1,494 yards. He’s also still stuck at having scored 12 touchdowns on the season. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game and if can get one more, he’d break a career-best there too.
I suspect that Cleveland will also give rookie running back Jerome Ford a few carries over the next two games. Obviously, the Browns wouldn’t want Chubb to be injured in either of these last two games. We also haven’t seen Ford much as a running back since the preseason where he raised a few eyebrows with some impressive runs.
He’s been used primarily as the team’s kickoff returner this season and has done a good job. He’s had a respectable 24 returns with a 25.3 yards per return average. His longest run back was 48 yards in a game against the Miami Dolphins back in November.
The rookie out of Cincinnati had an impressive college career and really took off in his last season with the Bearcats when he ran for 1,319 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. With the likely departure of Kareem Hunt at the conclusion of the season, it would be a good idea to see what Ford can do in these last two battles against the Commanders and then the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.