CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had just seven yards on three carries in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Sunday, but the first drive of the second half was a much different story.
The Browns gave Chubb three carries on the six-play drive, and he responded by totaling 66 yards, 57 of which came on one run and set up a lead-extending three-yard touchdown run from fellow ball carrier Kareem Hunt.
Because of the run game productivity, the Browns extended their lead over the Bengals to 21-13 with 12:10 to play in the third quarter.
On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 40-yard line, Chubb took the handoff from quarterback Baker Mayfield, and despite Cincinnati getting an early jump on the play, a penalty that was declined, fought his way out of a tackle attempt in the backfield and broke free in the middle of the field.
Chubb shook free from one defender at the 48-yard line, batted away another Bengals player at the Cincinnati 48-yard line and hustled down the field between the hash marks. At the Cincinnati 30-yard line, Chubb bounced out beyond the numbers and got through another tackle attempt inside the 10.
Chubb was brought down at the Cincinnati three-yard line.
When a pass attempt to returning tight end David Njoku sailed out of bounds, the Browns went back to the ground game, and after taking a handoff from Mayfield, Hunt turned the corner around left tackle and hustled untouched into the end zone for the touchdown.