Nick Chubb and the Cleveland Browns are doing their best to stay afloat until they can get Deshaun Watson back in the lineup as their starting quarterback. The team is currently 2-3, but had a few breaks gone their way, they would easily have a winning record, if not be undefeated.
Cleveland has lost three games by a combined six points. They blew a 13-point lead after the two-minute warning against the New York Jets in Week 2. Week 1’s hero, rookie kicker Cade York, missed two attempts in Week 5 that led to a loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.
So close yet so far for the Browns who haven’t been able to take advantage of the incredible season that running back Nick Chubb has put together. Chubb has been excellent thus far, as he is leading the league in numerous rushing categories.
One stat that Chubb is way ahead of his peers is forced missed tackles. According to PFF, Chubb has already forced 42 missed tackles in five games. Second, on that list is Dameon Pierce of the Houston Texans with 33 and third is Josh Jacobs with 28 through four games, as his Las Vegas Raiders had yet to play in Week 5 when the stat was shared.
Tackling Chubb has been a chore for defenses this season, as he either shakes a defender or just runs over them. He has compiled 415 rushing yards this season after contact, which would rank third in the NFL behind his 593 and Saquon Barkley, who has 533 yards for the New York Giants.
Chubb has been putting the Browns’ offense on his back and carrying them through the early part of the season. In addition to the yardage and missed tackles, Chubb also leads the league in rushing touchdowns with seven, explosive runs with 20 and rushing grade with 90.7.
The Georgia product has put himself squarely in the mix for the Offensive Player of the Year award with his performance thus far. Teams know what the Browns are going to do on offense, as they are going to run it with Chubb. Despite knowing the game plan, they have found no success in slowing him down.