The Cleveland Browns were coming fresh off their bye week in this Week 10 matchup against the Houston Texans.
Although, it looked like most of the Browns offense decided to take another week off.
Surprisingly, the defense stepped up and played well, which is probably the first time that can be said this season.
The Browns were able to come away with the close 10-7 victory over the Texans.
It wasn’t the prettiest game on offense, but the Browns were able to pull off the win and improve their record to 6-3 on the year.
1. Stud: Nick Chubb
The Browns were certainly glad to have running back Nick Chubb on the field this week.
This was his first game after missing four contests due to injury.
The injury did not impact his performance whatsoever as Chubb ran all over the Texans defense.
He finished with 126 yards on 19 attempts with one touchdown on the ground.
The running game did not look the same without Chubb the last few weeks, but he returned ready to feast this week.
Chubb ended the Texans hopes of a comeback when he made a 59-yard run before walking out of bounds at the one-yard line.
Nick Chubb ripped off a 59-yard run and stopped at the 1-yard line 😲
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2020
He sealed the game for Cleveland with that play, which seems fair considering he was one of the main reasons why the Browns were able to win that game.
Cleveland is certainly hopeful that Chubb continues to play like this for the rest of the season.
2. Dud: Baker Mayfield
It wasn’t that Mayfield played terribly, but he didn’t look too sharp in this one.
He completed 12 of 20 passing attempts for 132 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the win.
Mayfield did a nice job completing passes, but he failed to get over 150 passing yards for the third time this season.
It was also against a Texans defense that is allowing 270.8 passing yards per game.
Honestly, Mayfield was lucky that the Browns were destroying Houston with the ground attack.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mayfield performs against the Philadelphia Eagles defense next week.
Stud: Kareem Hunt
Chubb wasn’t the only running back in Cleveland that was having a great game on the ground.
Both Kareem Hunt and Chubb split up the workload in the backfield and basically singlehandedly carried this offense on Sunday.
Nick Chubb: 126 yards, TD
Kareem Hunt: 104 yards
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) November 15, 2020
Hunt finished with 104 rushing yards on 19 attempts with three receptions for 28 yards through the air.
This was the first time that Hunt has finished with over 100 rushing yards in a single game this season.
It is nice to see Hunt continuing to perform well even when Chubb has returned as the starter.
The two-headed monster at running back could create some problems for opposing defenses as the postseason quickly approaches.
3. Dud: Austin Hooper
It was a disappointing return for tight end Austin Hooper on Sunday.
Hooper had an emergency appendectomy, which caused him to be sidelined for two games.
He did return for the Week 10 contest, but didn’t make much of an impact on the field.
Hooper finished with one reception on two targets for 11 yards in the win.
The Browns gave Hooper a massive extension during the offseason.
He has failed to live up to his lofty expectations, but there is still time for him to turn it around.
Hopefully, Hooper can bounce back against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11
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