By Harvey Hoffman
They combined for 230 yards and helped the Browns (6-3) chew up the final five minutes on the ground for a 10-7 win over the Houston Texans in a game in which both teams dealt with extraordinary weather conditions that never eased.
Chubb showed some early rustiness before finding his stride in his first game back since spraining his right knee on Oct. 3. He picked up 126 yards on 19 carries and showed on one ego-less play why his teammates and coaches hold him in such high regard.
With the Texans out of timeouts, Chubb broke off a 59-yard run with just over a minute left that he ended by veering out bounds at the 1-yard line instead of scoring. The move prevented the Texans from getting the ball back and allowed Browns QB Baker Mayfield to kneel and end the game.
Hunt was equally effective, rushing for 104 yards on 19 carries and picking up first downs after the Browns were backed up at their 3 to start their final drive.
With legendary Browns running back Jim Brown watching from a suite, Chubb and Hunt became the first Cleveland backs since Leroy Kelly (113) and Ernie Green (103) on Oct. 8, 1966, to rush for 100 yards in the same game. Their styles differ, but Chubb and Hunt share a single-minded purpose when they’ve got the ball.
.@browns 1-2 punch of @NickChubb21 & @Kareemhunt7 might be the best in the #NFL right now. And with a healthy O-Line they are prepared to unleash damage down the stretch. #Dawgpound #browns #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/f54jfGZMdv
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) November 17, 2020