FBG says: Tough matchup. The Browns struggled in all facets of the game last week. Carlos Hyde struggled mightily as there was very little room for him to work as the Chargers defense was comfortable going one-on-one with receivers and loading the box against the Browns. Hyde still dominated the carries in the backfield as he had 14 carries but did not have a run longer than 9 yards and just averaged 2.4 yards per carry. While you should not expect Hyde and the rushing offense to be this bad every week, Hyde as a runner does not strike fear in opposing defenses as he is going to take what the defense gives you and has just one run longer than 20 yards this season which was a 22 yarder. Nick Chubb continues to be the running back who has more big-play potential but has yet to consistently see the field as he once again just had three carries last week.
The Buccaneers showed once again last week that their strength on defense is against the run as they are allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season and have not allowed a running back to go for more than 61 yards. Last week, they held Tevin Coleman to just 35 yards rushing and Tampa has held number one backs to just 35 yards per game. The run defense strength is a combination of the defensive front by Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David, but also has everything to do with how the Buccaneers are against the pass that teams just do not try to run the ball against them.