Derrick Henry: Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are one of the best duos in the game

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Last year, Tennessee’s Derrick Henry beat out Cleveland’s Nick Chubb for the league’s rushing title by 46 yards — sealed with a Henry’s 53-yard touchdown against the Texans in Week 17.

Henry is in good position to earn his second consecutive title, leading the league with 1,257 yards through Week 12. But even though Chubb missed four games with a sprained MCL, he still looks like one of the game’s elite backs. With 719 yards, Chubb is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of his seven 2020 games.

Plus, the Browns have Kareem Hunt, who has 706 yards on the ground this year.

The three backs will be on the same field on Sunday, as Cleveland takes on Tennessee. And Henry has plenty of respect for the backs who will be on the opposite sideline.

“One of the best duos in the game, if not the best. Those guys are ballers,” Henry said Thursday, via Emily Proud of WKRN. “If [Chubb] didn’t get hurt, he would probably be in the top two or three in rushing yards.”

Though they’re both powerful, elite runners, Henry wasn’t interested in making comparisons between himself and Chubb.

“We’re all different and all have different styles of running,” Henry said. “He’s a great back and I respect his game. He’s a force to be reckoned with the ball in his hands.”

Henry also didn’t provide any bulletin-board material for Chubb, saying he doesn’t want to out-rush the Browns’ running back because he’s focused on Cleveland’s defense.

Still, if you enjoy a good old-school rushing matchup, Sunday’s contest between the Browns and Titans should be fun to watch.

8 responses to “Derrick Henry: Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are one of the best duos in the game

  1. They sure are. The only problem for the Browns will be keeping them both without overspending. Or even just keeping Chubb.

  2. I like what Henry says. As far as I know, he has never said anything even close to inflammatory or insulting. That says a lot about a person’s character. I don’t know him but it seems as if Henry is a class act. Not that it matters because he could probably beat the crap out of anyone he didn’t like and don’t bother trying to run away from him either. That’s one terrifying guy. I wouldn’t want to be on his bad side–or the opposing defense.

  3. I’m telling you Tennessee might not win it all but they are AGAIN going to eliminate a top seed come playoff time.

    Henry is a stud.

  4. Who’s even remotely-close to being such a great backfield combination??

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    Well Lamar Jackson, Dobbins, and Mark Ingram combined could be as good. Of course its kind of cheating when you have 3 running backs even if one of them occasionally tries to fool the defense by throwing a ball to a tight end.

  5. I’m a Vikings fan and love Dalvin Cook, but that Derrick Henry is a baller. And so are Chubb and Hunt. Good to see RBs starting to get their due again in the NFL.

  6. The most professional NFL player in the league, never talks bad about anyone and builds up opposing players up. Henry for MVP!

  7. Every time I hear Henry talk about other players, teams, coaches, he always maintains great respect when deserved. Refreshing to hear. And it certainly doesn’t soften the competitive spirit he displays on the field.

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