1. Hunt and Chubb will have big day
Offensive consistency for the Cleveland Browns has come in the form of the rushing attack, as Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are the team’s primary weapons.
Both back are playing well, with Nick Chubb second in the NFL with 362 yards. Incredibly, Hunt is 17, considering his carries are limited. He has 234 yards. They each have three rushing touchdowns, critical considering Baker Mayfield’s only thrown two touchdown strikes.
The Chargers defense has been pretty good up until this point, allowing 18.5 points per game. That said, teams have had success rushing the ball
Offensively, the Browns will keep rushing the ball. The Chargers have been stingy about the points they’ve given up (18.5, 7th in NFL), but teams have had success running against them, with LA surrendering 139.5 yards per game, the fourth-worst total in the NFL.
Success running the ball should help facilitate for Baker Mayfield and the passing game, because with the ground game likely to be at its best, coach Kevin Stefanski should have ample opportunities to draw up some misdirection/play-action fakes to put Mayfield in a position to be successful.
Not meant to be a commentary on Mayfield as a franchise quarterback, but its obviously what he’s best at doing.