Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt combine for 210 rushing yards in 35-30 victory over Bengals

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Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 210 rushing yards and scored a combined three touchdowns on the ground in a 35-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Just four days after being throttled by the Baltimore Ravens, the Browns put together a much more complete performance against the Bengals.

Despite running 30 fewer offensive plays overall than the Bengals, Mayfield and the Browns were far more efficient and productive with the ball in their hands. The Browns out-gained Cincinnati by a 434-353 margin and finished with 215 total rushing yards in the game. Chubb finished the night with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries for the Browns while Hunt rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Hunt also caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown.

Baker Mayfield complete 16 of 23 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The fourth quarter pick of Mayfield by William Jackson helped the Bengals close the gap to just one-score with just under six minutes left to play. However, the Bengals were unable to stop the rushing attack of Chubb and Kareem Hunt as they sprung for gains of 26 and 33 yards, respectively, on consecutive plays. Hunt’s 1-yard touchdown run to cap the drive would put the game away for Cleveland.

The Browns scored on each of their first two possessions to build an early 14-3 lead. A 10-play, 75-yard opening drive was capped by an 11-yard Chubb touchdown run as the Browns jumped out to a 7-3 lead. On the ensuing possession, Mayfield connected with Odell Beckham Jr. on a 43-yard touchdown to push the lead to two scores.

Joe Burrow would toss his first career touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah on Cincinnati’s next drive as the team’s traded blows early. Uzomah left the game in the fourth quarter due to an Achilles injury.

Hunt caught a 6-yard touchdown from Mayfield as the Browns increased their lead to 21-10 with 1:31 left in the first half. Randy Bullock converted his second field goal of the game from 43 yards out to end the half and pull the Bengals within eight at halftime.

Chubb’s 1-yard touchdown run would give the Browns a 28-13 lead midway through the third quarter. Bullock would add his third field goal from 27 yards to close the gap to 28-16. After Mayfield’s interception, Burrow connected with Mike Thomas on a 4-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 28-23 with 5:55 left to play.

The Browns quickly marched for another score as they went 75 yards in six plays in just two minutes as Hunt’s 1-yard touchdown run gave Cleveland a 35-23 lead.

Burrow tossed his third touchdown of the night to Tyler Boyd from nine yards out with 43 seconds left to play, but the Browns would recover the ensuing onside kick to ice the ball game.

Burrow finished the game with 37 completions on a whopping 61 attempts for a total of 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Chris Weinke’s 63 attempts for the Carolina Panthers against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 30, 2001 is the only time since 1950, via Pro-Football-Reference, a rookie quarterback has thrown more passes in a game than Burrow’s 61 on Thursday night.

31 responses to “Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt combine for 210 rushing yards in 35-30 victory over Bengals

  1. Joe Burrow looks like the real deal.
    The guy is playing like a 2nd or 3rd year qb. Dude throws a beautiful ball. And has great command of what he’s doing. Sure the Bengals are 0-2 but the future is bright for them.

  2. Good grief, they paid big money to bring in one of the better NTs from last season as well as drafted a decent LB prospect in the 3rd round this year and their run D is still THAT bad?

  3. On a side note: please Cincy, don’t turn Joe Burrow into the next David Carr. Give the kid proper protection before it’s too late.

  4. It’s a pretty simple deal. Run the ball, limit baker mayfields opportunities to turn the ball over, and you have a recipe for success up in cleveland.

  5. Man, Joe Burrow. Wow, what a player. Dude throws a gorgeous spiral on every single pass, seems mature beyond his years, is a total gamer in every sense of the word. Not a Bengals fan, but I hope that franchise doesn’t rot him into oblivion, he’s gonna be real fun to watch.

  6. Let’s be real, Chubb did most of the work when it was a game and Hunt ran up against a tired D once they were up. Baker had a nice TD throw to ODB but still not convinced the Browns are getting into the playoffs.

  7. That was a fun game to watch. Looked like plenty of chemistry to me. Bakers one pick was a great throw to what looked like an open man, great play by the safety. I really miss seeing Hunt in Chiefs gear, but he fits well there, glad to see him play well.

    Joe Burrow is gonna be a stud if they can coach him well and build a team around him. He was impressive but He definitely looked like the new kid on the block.

  8. False hope for both teams. The Browns were playing the Bengals and the Bengals were playing the Browns. Score could of been 3-2 or 51-54, they’re both so inept.

  9. Burrow’s TD to Uzomah was a peach. The kid definitely has game, but 61 attempts? Seems like a good way to get your future killed.

  10. 20 touches for both backs equals winning football games! It even opens the passing game, which I close my eyes at.

  11. OBP says:
    September 18, 2020 at 12:05 am
    On a side note: please Cincy, don’t turn Joe Burrow into the next David Carr. Give the kid proper protection before it’s too late.
    I was thinking Andrew Luck. That first touchdown pass was the only time the ball travelled more than 20 yards down the field. Joe has a great throw, I just wish the line gave him more time to unleash it on something more than check downs and 10 yard routes

  12. I have to say Burrow looks like he can be special. The rest of his team is a different kind of special. I think they have maybe three NFL-caliber players on that defense…and that might be generous. Then you have their offensive line–they can’t block Betty White. Burrow is good but he can’t offset the other twenty-one losers on that team.

  13. Defense hardly even existed in that game. Bengals look to be the worst team in the NFL despite Burrow actually looking decent.

  14. daddeeo says:
    September 18, 2020 at 12:55 am
    Either their run game is the class of the league…or the Bengals have an issue on run defense.
    Has no one noticed that Bengals inactives included Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels?
    Of course, the Browns intended to run all night. They should have won by more than they did…

  15. Joe Burrow is what an NFL QB looks like. So far Joe Burrow > Sam Darnold.


    Not saying much, sorry Sam.

  16. The Browns may have found their identity. They go as the run game goes, led by Chubb. He is a heck of a runner. Ride him. If they try to make it the Baker and Odell show its not going to work. That part will come organicaly as they grow and gain confidence together.

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