The Cleveland Browns are sitting at a 2-3 record following their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. There haven’t been very many bright spots for the Browns over the past few weeks, but one bright spot is Nick Chubb. Nick Chubb is on pace for a historic season.
With only the Monday Night Football game left to play in week five, Nick Chubb leads the NFL in rushing. He also leads the league in rushing touchdowns and runs of 20 or more yards. Chubb is averaging 118.6 rushing yards per game through five weeks with 593 total yards. With that average, he is pacing over 2000 yards rushing.
Currently, Jim Browns holds the single-season record for most rushing yards in Cleveland Browns franchise history with 1,863. Jim Brown also holds the single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 17 back in 1958 and again in 1965. Nick Chubb currently has 7 touchdowns in 5 weeks for a 1.4-per-game average. This puts Chubb on pace for 23.8 rushing touchdowns this season.
Nick Chubb is also looking to sit atop all running backs in career rushing average. This season, Chubb is averaging just over 6 yards per carry. He is tied with Jamaal Charles to lead the list with 5.4 yards per carry over his career. Jim Brown is tied with Packers RB Aaron Jones for second on the list with 5.2.
This potentially historic season however doesn’t come without wear and tear. Chubb has 98 rushing attempts through 5 weeks which comes out at 19.6 per game. Chubb has never carried the ball more than 298 times in a single season and is on pace for 333.2 carries. Some would argue the volume for him is long overdue.
It’s not unreasonable to think that Chubb could meet or eclipse his pace barring injury or a reduction in volume. The NFL has seen only eight (8) 2000+ rushing yard seasons. The fewest rushing attempts in each of these 8 seasons was 332 by O.J. Simpson. We could very well be witnessing one of the 10 greatest rushing seasons in NFL history.