For the second time, the Cleveland Browns may have a pair of players run for 1,000-plus yards in the same season.
It’s happened seven times in NFL history and as recently as a year ago. Two players on the same team rushing for at least 1,000 yards in the same season. To be a little more precise, there have been only five occasions when a pair of running backs each reached 1,000 yards rushing for the same team.
It happened twice in a five-year span, first by the Miami Dolphins’ duo of Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris and four years later by Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier of Pittsburgh Steelers of 1976. These accomplishments were made even more impressive considering the NFL played just 14 games those years. Since then, there was the Cleveland Browns’ duo of Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack in 1985, Atlanta’s Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick in 2006, the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward in 2008, Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in 2009 and most recently, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Mark Ingram in ’19.
But could it happen for the second straight year and once again, the feat would be courtesy of another member of the AFC North.
Entering this evening’s showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, Kevin Stefanski’s second-ranked running attack is keyed by the NFL’s second-leading rusher of 2019 and the league’s top rusher in 2017. Nick Chubb has carried 133 times for 799 yards and seven scores despite missing four games during the season. Kareem Hunt, who has a team-high 171 attempts, has run for 739 yards and four touchdowns. It’s also worth noting that the ’17 NFL rushing champion (with the Kansas City Chiefs) has caught 25 passes for 175 yards and four more TDs.
The Browns have won four straight games and still have eyes on the AFC North title. Their offense has been keyed by this dynamic duo and a ground game averaging 157.8 yards per outing has also made life a lot easier for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Tonight Chubb and Hunt take aim at a Baltimore defense that has been mediocre vs. the run this season and especially as of late.
So can each of these talent runners hit the 1,000-yard mark by season’s end. It’s just one more reason that the Cleveland Browns have become must-watch football these days.