The talented Cleveland Browns disappointed the football world by finishing in third place of the AFC North last season after posting a miserable 6-10 final record, so they used the offseason to greatly improve their roster, particularly their offensive line, which is good news for star running back Nick Chubb.
Chubb, the backfield turbo-blaster who gains much of his yardage after getting hit, posting 298 carries for 1,494 yards and 8 touchdowns last season with a sub-par front line, good enough to rank him second in the league overall.
So now with new tackles and the league’s highest-paid tight end-setting his blocks, Chubb should have another breakout season and we examine the predictions and odds of his 2020 total rushing yard production.
Odds taken 11 June, 2020 from DraftKings
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The over here is entirely doable and a tempting bet given Chubb’s tendency to stay healthy.
2019 was a Pro Bowl kind of season for Nick Chubb, the speedy and powerful back having a breakout season averaging 5 yards per carry and 93.4 yards per game on his way to almost 1,500 total rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.
Those totals were enough to put him in the running for most productive at his position, but during the last week, Tennessee Titans Dereck Henry managed to pull slightly ahead in total rushing yardage to take the title, one that Chubb will most likely be anxious to take another run at.
The Browns have made it clear that they will be a run-first team and that means Chubb will get his share of touches in 2020, so if he can stay healthy (he tends to) then count on him to put up some big numbers and easily top the over of this wager.
One of the main reasons the Browns and their young quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled last season was the result of their shaky offensive line that failed to keep their QB safe (40 sacks) and didn’t do running back Nick Chubb many favors with their subpar blocking and tendency to commit penalties.
Cleveland’s new general manager Andrew Berry made that his offseason priority and first signed dual-threat tight end Austin Hooper to a record deal plus he also managed to snag veteran free agent tackle Jack Conklin to shore up the right side of the offensive line.
And then the icing on that cake was the Browns’ first-round draft pick, arguably the best offensive tackle in the 2020 class, former Alabama superstar Jedrick Wills, a 6’4”, 312 pound blocking machine who will begin to provide the much-needed blindside protection that quarterback Baker Mayfield has been totally lacking since he’s been on the team.
Last season, Chubb easily beat this over by 200+ yards, but the team was leaning on him in a desperate way due to a lack of leadership and proper game planning, which could have helped add to his number of touches, but hopefully, that one-dimensional type of offense ends with the hiring of new head coach Kevin Stefanski.
An enviable combination of Ivy league brains and football IQ make Stefanski the perfect head coach to manage such a diverse array of talent, from their superstar wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to tight ends Austin Hooper and David Njoku, all with worthy hands now for Baker Mayfield to target.
Stefanski will also have to balance the backfield between Chubb and dual-threat back Kareem Hunt, but all of those are extremely good problems for any coach and team to have, and if handled well there’s a good possibility that Nick Chubb and his Cleveland Browns could finally make the postseason.
Pick: Take the over on this bet – the Cleveland Browns are going to be a running team and their main go-to guy is going to be Nick Chubb, and his total numbers will be affected positively by all that attention.
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