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An im­proved of­fen­sive line and a ter­rific per­for­mance by rookie Nick Chubb have given the Browns a for­mi­da­ble run­ning game. Chubb has 663 yards, a 5.4-yard av­er­age per carry and six touch­downs. The Browns are eighth in rush­ing (128.7 yards). Guards Joel Bi­to­nio and Kevin Zeitler are strong run block­ers who help clear paths up the mid­dle. The Tex­ans are seventh against the run (96.8 yards). The front seven has been out­stand­ing against the run. The Tex­ans are fifth (3.75) in yards al­lowed per rush. The Browns are 12th in av­er­age rush per play (4.55). The out­side play­ers in the front seven have to be care­ful be­cause they’ve been burned by quar­ter­backs run­ning around the cor­ner and end-around runs that take ad­van­tage of their over pur­suit. They have to be more dis­ci­plined. The re­turn of in­side lineback­ers Zach Cun­ning­ham and Dy­lan Cole from in­juries to play with lead­ing tack­ler Be­nardrick McKin­ney im­proves a suf­foc at 97-yard ing run de­fense. Be­nardrick McKin­ney

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