Browns-Bron­cos matchup is fam­ily feud for Chubb cousins

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Arnie Sta­ple­ton

When Bradley Chubb was pes­ter­ing quar­ter­backs in the ACC and Nick Chubb was plow­ing through SEC de­fenses, the sec­ond cousins dreamed of fac­ing each other in a bowl game.

Bradley, a de­fen­sive end at North Carolina State, and Nick, a run­ning back at Ge­or­gia, never got that op­por­tu­nity in col­lege.

They fi­nally met up this past Satur­day night when Nick’s Cleve­land Browns (5-7-1) visit Bradley’s Den­ver Bron­cos (6-7) in what is es­sen­tially an elim­i­na­tion game in the clut­tered AFC wild-card race af­ter press time, so check back next week for the re­sults of the game.

But one thing was for sure: both looked for­ward to the matchup.

“I know he’s not go­ing to hold back and he knows I’m not go­ing to hold back,” Bradley said. “It’s just go­ing to be a reg­u­lar foot­ball game. You can’t put too much weight on it be­cause then if you start think­ing, ‘My cousin’s on the other side,’ then you end up get­ting trucked or some­thing. You’ve just got to keep it push­ing and just play.”

That said, he knows the win­ner will have fam­ily brag­ging rights. “It’s go­ing to be junk talk­ing for about a year or un­til when­ever we play each other again,” Bradley said. “It should be fun.”

Many draft prog­nos­ti­ca­tors pegged Bradley as the Chubb that would star in Cleve­land, but the Browns in­stead chose de­fen­sive back Den­zel Ward with the fourth over­all pick in the 2018 draft and the Bron­cos gladly grabbed Bradley at No. 5.

Thirty picks later, Cleve­land se­lected his sec­ond cousin in the sec­ond round.

Both Chubbs have are hav­ing strong rookie sea­sons.

Nick’s 92-yard TD run against At­lanta in Week 10 was the long­est in Browns his­tory and the sec­ond long­est by a rookie in the NFL.

Bradley’s 12 sacks are a fran­chise rookie record and he’s 2½ sacks shy of Javon Kearse’s NFL rookie record that has stood for nearly two decades.

“I’m not re­ally think­ing about that,” Bradley said. “We just came off a tough loss and now I want to get back on the win­ning track, whether it be get­ting one sack, zero sacks or 30 sacks in one game.”

Other no­table sub­plots when the Browns try to snap an 11-game los­ing streak to the Bron­cos, whom they haven’t beaten since 1990.

AP-David Richard /

Cleve­land Browns run­ning back Nick Chubb rushes in the game against the At­lanta Fal­cons in Cleve­land.

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