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Cleveland vs Indianapolis
The Browns rushing offense was dealt a major blow last week as starting running back Nick Chubb was placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. Chubb had been coming off back-to-back games of over 100 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Browns rushing attack. Kareem Hunt was already heavily involved in this offense with double-digit carries in all four games, but expect his workload to increase even more as Hunt should become the primary ball-carrier until Chubb’s return. D’Ernest Johnson should also be involved, to an extent, as he saw 11 carries in relief of Chubb last week. However, Hunt’s workload may have been limited due to a recent groin injury, so temper expectations for the involvement of Johnson in this rushing offense.
The Colts defense comes off the heels of another incredible performance in which they allowed only 11 total points and 28 rushing yards to the Bears. This group is loaded with talent up front, starting with a stout defensive line that should hold up well against a formidable Browns offensive line. DeForest Buckner is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the league and having Justin Houston as his right-hand-man certainly makes for a tough right side of that defensive line. One of the top run-defending linebackers in the league, Darius Leonard, could be in question this week as he missed the second half of last week’s game with a groin injury. Keep an eye on his status, as Leonard is a key cog in this run defense, and his presence will be critical to the Colts stacking up as a formidable matchup for the weakened Browns rushing offense.
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