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Titans star Derrick Henry praises Browns’ Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt duo

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Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry might be the best individual running back in the NFL. This weekend, his team faces arguably the best running back tandem in the league in the Cleveland Browns’ duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Henry spoke very highly of the Browns’ duo ahead of the Week 13 showdown. Henry also pointed out Chubb would be among the rushing leaders if not for an ankle injury suffered in Week 4:

“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.”

Indeed, the Browns lead the league in rushing yards and rank second in yards per carry thanks in part to their 1-2 punch in the backfield.

Chubb has rushed for 719 yards and six touchdowns despite missing four games with the aforementioned ankle injury. The former Georgia star ranks third in rushing yards per game (102.7) and first among runnings backs — second overall behind Kyler Murray — in yards per carry (6.3).

Hunt has also rushed for over 700 yards and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. The 25-year-old also has four receiving touchdowns and has been one of Cleveland’s best all-around threats in the red zone.

Tennessee’s front seven will have its hands full with Chubb and Hunt, just as the Browns will have to deal with Henry.

The 2019 rushing champion once again leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,257) and rushing yards per game (114.3) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (12). Henry is coming off a monster performance in which he scored three touchdowns in the first half.

Both teams will likely look to establish dominance on the ground and in the trenches early in this one.