Here's Why Nick Chubb Is an Interesting Bet to Win the NFL Rushing Title

Max Staley
Nick Chubb has a real shot to win the 2020 NFL rushing title.
Nick Chubb has a real shot to win the 2020 NFL rushing title. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Through two seasons in the NFL, Nick Chubb has already established himself as one of the league's premier running backs. He's had at least 1,145 yards from scrimmage and 8 total touchdowns in each of his two professional campaigns.

He had the second-most rushing yards in the league last season (1,494), but he only has the fourth-best odds (+1300) to win the rushing title in 2020, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That makes Chubb an enticing bet to lead the league in rushing for the 2020-21 season.

Last year, Chubb was running behind a pretty mediocre offensive line. In fact, the Cleveland Browns received the league's fourth-lowest run-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019. With Jack Conklin, who had the sixth-best run-blocking grade among tackles in 2019, and No. 10 overall pick Jedrick Wills Jr. in town, the Browns O-Line should be much improved going forward.

Assuming the Browns' run-blocking unit is improved, the sky is the limit for Chubb. Last season, he led the league in broken tackles (32), and finished with the second-most yards after contact in the NFL (882). His 2.1 yards before contact per attempt was tied for No. 23 in the league, though, so if he starts seeing some real running lanes, he could be poised for a monster season.

Chubb has proven himself to be one of the best playmakers in the league. With an improved offensive line, and a run-heavy new head coach in Kevin Stefanski, Chubb absolutely has a real shot to win the 2020 NFL rushing title.

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