Cleveland Browns: 3 storylines that will keep Washington game interesting

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Cleveland Browns storyline No. 2: Who will lead the running game?

Running back Nick Chubb has come out this week and said that he will play in the game against Washington despite the postseason being out of reach. Chubb does have 1,344 yards rushing and could top his 2019 output of 1,494 yards, which is his personal best. He’s also been stuck on 12 touchdowns for the last month and if he could get one more, he’d break his record there as well.

While Chubb should probably get plenty of carries, I still suspect that rookie Jerome Ford might get a few extra carries himself in this one. Kareem Hunt, their typical No. 2 back is going to be a free agent at the end of the year, and there has been speculation on what will happen with him as the season ends.

Hunt’s production has definitely dwindled this year. So far, he’s collected 455 yards on 117 carries. In his best season with the Browns, he totaled 841 yards with seven touchdowns back in 2020.

There’s also D’Ernest Johnson, who last year was a starter for a few games when Chubb and Hunt were injured. He was re-signed by the Browns this offseason, but you wonder if we’ll see him at all in these last two games. He’s only played in a few games this year and was given carries in just one game, which was late in the Browns win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween night.