Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 10

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 10


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Cleveland vs Houston

The Browns remain one of the league’s most run-focused teams under coach Kevin Stefanski. Only four teams have produced more yardage per game or per attempt than this crew, which closely mirrors Stefanski’s resume in Minnesota. This is a run-dominant attack even when Baker Mayfield is under center - and if he can’t get cleared from COVID-19 protocol in time, that discrepancy could swell even more. It’s still unclear as to whether Nick Chubb can return to action, and how much work he’ll handle if he does. But no matter the distribution, it’s safe to expect the Browns to lean hard on the ground game, so both Chubb and Hunt boast value on their own in any scenario. They certainly have the line, ranked fifth by Footballguys’ Matt Bitonti, to clear paths to success in this ultra-favorable matchup.

The Texans were shredded for 138 yards on Opening Night by Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and nothing has yet been solved. Opponents are producing like clockwork, averaging 5.1 yards per rush and 137 a game from their running backs alone. This unit remains badly overmatched up front, and without the roaming playmakers on the second level to track the run. Apart from the still-dominant J.J. Watt, the Texans lack reliable hammers up front, which leaves wide lanes for runners to attack. Nose tackle D.J. Reader, a run-stuffing specialist who left for Cincinnati in the offseason, would come in handy today. Zach Cunningham leads the linebacker crew, but has suffered through a horrendous season and is anything but a deterrent. When a team sets out to run on the Texans, they generally do it with ease and success. These run-oriented Browns are built to cash in on this matchup.

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