The Cleveland Browns have had a rough season through the first eight weeks.
With a record of 3-5, the Browns are not out of the playoff race yet.
But, the future is looking bleak for Cleveland playing in a tough AFC.
The one bright spot for the Browns this year has been running back Nick Chubb.
The 26-year-old RB leads the NFL in rushing this season and has shown no sign of slowing down.
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Chubb has been elite this season and the heavy run style of the Browns has helped him succeed.
Cleveland has a top-tier offensive line and has helped open up holes for Chubb all year.
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But, do not let the offensive line take away the fact that Chubb is an elite rusher.
He has the vision, balance, speed, and breaking-tackle ability to lead the NFL in rushing.
At this point in the season, it would almost be a surprise if Chubb does not win the rushing title.
Some other stats that point to Chubb’s elite season include 5.6 yards per carry, nine rushes of 20+ yards, and 10 touchdowns.
Cleveland has relied heavily on their run-game to carry them while Deshaun Watson is suspended.
Watson is expected to return in Week 13 and that is when we might see the Browns open up their offense.
It is also impressive that Chubb is having so much success while deferring some touches to Kareem Hunt.
His 149 attempts are third in the NFL and despite that only Chubb and Derrick Henry average over 100 yards per game.
Henry appears to be the biggest threat to Chubb winning the rushing title, but as long as Cleveland continues to lean on him he has a great shot.