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Chasing 1,000 yards: Where Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt stand after Week 11 – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Last week I explained how Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each had a realistic shot at reaching 1,000 yards rushing this season. Hitting the Double Grand could make them just the sixth running back duo to accomplish it in the NFL, and the eighth teammates overall.

Former Browns Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner are on the list thanks to their 1985 seasons. The most recent duo to do it was the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram last season.

Also, Chubb and Hunt aren’t the only teammates on pace for 1,000 this season. Both Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and running back Kenyan Drake have already topped 600 yards rushing.

Entering Week 11 against the Eagles, Chubb was 461 yards away and Hunt was 633 yards away from 1,000, needing averages of 77.0 and 52.4 yards, respectively, over the final seven games.

Here’s where they stand entering Sunday’s game against the Jaguars:

CHUBB

Nothing like a 54-yard run in the fourth quarter to make your final stats look great. Chubb finished with 20 carries for 114 yards, an average of 5.7 per carry. But he had just 17 carries for 47 yards prior to his big run.

But that’s Chubb. He’s going to break one eventually, and this time it kept him on pace for 1,000 yards.

Chubb needs 425 yards over the final six games, or an average of 70.8. He has failed to each 70 yards just twice in six games this season, and one of those was against the Cowboys when he played just 14 snaps.

HUNT

Hunt’s pursuit of 1,000 yards took a hit against the Eagles. He gained only 11 yards on 13 carries, and six of those yards came on one play.

Hunt’s season total is 655 yards, which puts his required average at 57.5 yards per game. Sunday against the Eagles was just the second time he failed to hit that average this season.

UP NEXT

The good news for Chubb and Hunt is that they face the Jaguars on Sunday. Opponents are averaging 129.1 yards rushing per game against the Jaguars. Only eight teams give up more on the ground.

And even more advantageous for the Browns is that the Jaguars give up a ton of big plays, including the fifth-most explosive running plays of 10 yards or more.

Hunt and Chubb, meanwhile, are ranked second and third, respectively, in runs of 10 yards or more among running backs this season. They’ve combined for 44.

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