Browns studs and duds: Deshaun Watson breaks out in Week 17
By Randy Gurzi
Deshaun Watson had three touchdown passes and Grant Delpit picked off two passes as the Cleveland Browns beat the Washington Commanders in Week 17
The Cleveland Browns are now 7-9 as they went on the road and knocked off the Washington Commanders. It was a testament to their mental toughness since they had nothing to play for, and even surrendered a momentum-killing 21-play drive that ate up nearly the entire second quarter.
Still, they fought through it all and wound up out-scoring Washington 21-3 in the second half. The defeat means Washington is likely out of the playoffs, thanks to the Browns playing the role of spoiler.
There were several standouts in this one, so let’s take some time to identify a few studs and duds from Week 17.
Stud: Nick Chubb, RB
Who doesn’t love Nick Chubb?
The veteran running back continues to do nothing but move the chains. Chubb said before this game that he wanted to keep playing as normal despite the playoffs being out of the picture and he definitely gave his all.
Despite just five rushes in the first half, Chubb managed to gain 104 yards on 14 carries. He added 12 yards through the air and his presence in the backfield caused defenders to crash on him on an inverted option run where Deshaun Watson took the ball and ripped off a 21-yard gain.
With Sunday’s output, Chubb now has 1,448 yards which is 46 shy of his personal best. There might not be much to play for against the Steelers next week but Chubb will surely be out to gain that much on the ground — and one more touchdown will also be a new high for him.