Nick Chubb is getting over 15.5 rushing attempts (-125) BetMGM

Start Time: Sunday, September 11, Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm ET
Broadcast: CBS / Paramount / NFL

When the Browns pursued Deshaun Watson, they made the commitment to overwork Nick Chubb. They should’ve known there was a good chance that Watson would get suspended for a lengthy time and here we are, Week 1 and the Browns are starting Jacoby Brissett.

Based off what we’ve seen, the Browns should pick and choose when they pass the ball because outside of Amari Cooper, David Njoku, Kareem Hunt and Harrison Bryant, there’s not much.

David Bell is a rookie receiver and may eventually be counted on, but until Week 12, the Browns are a run-first, run-second team. Heck, if it’s a third-and-short situation, they’re running it again. Kevin Stefanski is predictable if anything, especially around the red zone.

Now, why Stefanski chose not to run Chubb more last season when there were five winnable, one-possession games is beyond my comprehension. Most of these bonehead decisions not to run more, came while Kareem Hunt was injured. Hopefully he’s learned from his mistakes and pounds the ground with Chubb and sprinkles Hunt.

Over his four-year career, Chubb has been given 20+ carries 17 times; he went over 100 yards in 12 of those games. He’s coming in averaging 15.65 carries per game, and with a career 5.3 yards per carry, why shouldn’t the Browns run the ball as much as possible?

The Panthers ranked 18th and 21st in Rushing yards and attempts in 2021. With the addition of free agent middle linebacker Damien Wilson, the Panthers have two linebackers (Shaq Thompson) who are coming off 100+ tackle seasons. They’ll both be busy because Chubb is getting more than 15.5 carries in Week 1.

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