The Cleveland Browns didn’t score a touchdown in the first quarter of their Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets, but Nick Chubb did shortly into the second quarter.
With 10:23 left on the second-quarter clock, on first and ten, Cleveland decided to let running back Nick Chubb take a shot at scoring. The result: a 19-yard touchdown scamper that cut through the Jets run-defense like a hot knife and butter.
Nick Chubb TO THE HOUSE 😤😤 @NickChubb21 pic.twitter.com/fjurz81vD1
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 17, 2019
As ESPN’s Booger McFarland notes, the Browns employ an inside zone rush to get to the end zone. Chubb’s blockers did their job perfectly, most importantly, center Austin Tretter. All the former Georgia Bulldog had to do was take the lane, run through a tackle, and put six on the board, for the first time in 2019.
New York’s defense didn’t combat the run very well. However, to be fair, they aren’t exactly loaded at their defensive front-seven for Monday’s game. The Jets are dealing with injuries to four-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, No. 3 overall pick and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, and 2018 starter Avery Williamson — whose been out since the preseason.
Nonetheless, Chubb’s touchdown run was an excellent start to the night. The Browns didn’t get off to a good start Week 1, as they lost to the Tennessee Titans 43-13. In the process, Chubb ran for 75 yards and 17 carries.
The Browns are expecting Chubb to be that bell-cow back in their explosive offense. Though he didn’t score a touchdown Week 1, he quickly got out those “first touchdown of the year jitters” on Monday night. Expect more in the future.