Browns dawg check: Nick Chubb is closing in on two records
As the Cleveland Browns season comes to a close in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Nick Chubb has a chance at setting two new personal rushing records
What haven’t we said about the Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb already? He’s the best player on the team and has helped make the offense more consistent over the past five seasons.
Despite, not getting back to the playoffs since 2020 he’s still doing what he can to help the Browns. Now he’s closing in on two individual marks that would be personal records for him as Cleveland preps to play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.
Chubb was outstanding this past weekend in helping his team to a 24-10 win over the Washington Commanders. He bolted his way to 104 yards on only 14 carries. That happens to be 7.9 yards per carry average. By halftime, on just five carries he had 67 yards, so he was making the most of carries in this game.
On the first Cleveland offensive series, Chubb also caught a pass that he ran for 12 yards. Then he took his first carry another eight yards. That set of downs ended abruptly when the Browns were called for a holding penalty and then quarterback Deshaun Watson got sacked.
By their third series, Chubb started to heat up. He rumbled for 14 yards and then took the next handoff for 35 yards as he got the team down to the nine-yard line.
Unfortunately, the team stumbled again as Chubb watched from the sideline on the next set of plays. Watson again got sacked two more times and after making a chip shot field goal that would have put Cleveland ahead 6-0, the Browns got an extra down because of a Washington penalty to try and go for it. They did so and failed in their attempt after Watson was bottled up by the Commanders’ defense.
The Browns were able to take control of things in the second half and Chubb’s continued big-chunk plays helped maintain the lead. He had more carries of six, seven, eight, and nine yards in that second half to put the game away and run down the clock.
This now leaves Chubb with 1,448 yards rushing on the season. That’s second to only Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders who has 1,608 yards on the season. However, for Chubb, his previous career best was in 2019 when he went for 1,494 yards. So, as you can see, he only needs 47 more yards against the Steelers to grab that new record.
Chubb has also been stuck on having scored 12 touchdowns since the team’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in November. He’s scored 12 touchdowns on the ground also back in 2019 so if he could over the goal line just once more, he’d break that mark as well.
For you that are following Chubb’s impressive march up the Browns rushing leaders of all-time list, after the 104 yards gained on Sunday, this now gives him 6,264 yards and has closed the gap to catching Mike Pruitt next, who is sitting at No. 3 with 6, 540 yards.
That’s a difference of 276 yards. We may have to wait till next season to see Chubb rush all the way past Pruitt and then Leroy Kelly, who’s at No. 2 with 7, 274 yards but it’ll be worth the wait.