The only people Nick Chubb didn’t leave floored Sunday were his teammates. They’ve seen this speed before.
Chubb kicked into another gear when he dashed Baltimore’s hopes of a fourth-quarter comeback, bolting 88 yards down the right side of the field for a game-sealing touchdown. According to NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Chubb hit 21.95 miles per hour at the peak of his run -- the fastest speed by anyone on a touchdown run this season.
“He can roll,” said quarterback Baker Mayfield, who hit 18.92 miles per hour while chasing Chubb down the field in celebration.
“I think people underestimate his speed. Once he gets to that second level, he’s got true break-away speed. People say he’s a power back, which he is, it takes more than one guy to bring him down. But, he’s got that speed to make a play like that.”
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Chubb’s speed was the fastest on a rushing touchdown since Leonard Fournette hit 22.05 miles per hour on a 90-yard touchdown run in Week 5 of the 2017 season. It’s the second-fastest of any player in the NFL this season, trailing only Chicago’s Cordarrelle Patterson, who went 22.33 miles per hour on a 46-yard run in Week 2.
By comparison, Chubb hit 20.82 miles per hour on his record-setting 92-yard run last year against the Falcons.
The Browns now boast two of the five fastest plays in the NFL this season. Odell Beckham Jr.’s 89-yard touchdown catch against the Jets, which saw the talented wide receiver hit 21.7 miles per hour, is the fifth-fastest play of the year.
Chubb’s run and Beckham’s catch are the longest, respectively, of anyone in the NFL this season.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys that are more than capable of making plays,” Mayfield said. “It’s one of those things where you can pick your poison of what you want to take out of our offense. We have to be very good at working on whatever they’re not taking out – we have to get that.”