Jets must stop Browns’ 1-2 punch of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt

Mark Cannizzaro

By Mark Cannizzaro

The path to victory for the Jets is rather simple on Sunday in Cleveland: Don’t let Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Browns two-headed monster at running back, beat them.

If the Jets contain Chubb and Hunt, they’ll fly back home to New Jersey with a 1-1 record.

Allow those two backs to break loose the way they did last week, combining for 187 rushing yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in a win over the Panthers, and the Jets will find themselves 0-2 for the fifth time in the past six seasons with the Super Bowl runner-up Bengals up next on the schedule.

“If we don’t stop the run, if we don’t play the run well, we’re going to have a rough day on Sunday,’’ Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said Thursday. “[Chubb] is a guy that loves to wear people down. I was reading a statistic that said the vast majority of his explosive [runs] came in the fourth quarter, which is obviously a by-product of a guy that’s wearing you down.

“So, we have to go the opposite way. It’s not surviving this guy. It’s punishing this guy and in the fourth [quarter], it’s going to be on our terms and that’s when we wear you down. We’ve got to keep growing that mentality on defense.’’

The Jets’ defense got off to a good start in Week 1 against the Ravens, who like the Browns are a run-first team. The Jets held Baltimore to just 63 rushing yards.

Though somewhat unrealistic, that would be a nice number to hold the Browns to.

“Arguably the most talented duo in the league,’’ Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said of Chubb and Hunt. “Nick by himself would make that a top-five [running back] room in the league. And then you add Kareem, who could be a starter on any other team in the league and was great in Kansas City.’’

Browns running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb leave the field after defeating the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 11, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Browns running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb leave the field after defeating the Panthers.
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Defensive lineman Carl Lawson has faced both backs and said, “It’s crazy when you’ve got, in my opinion, two top-10 backs in the league in the same backfield.’’

Defensive tackle John Franklin-Myers said this game “falls on’’ the defensive front “and we plan on being violent in setting the edges and doing what we can to stop their run. It starts up front.’’

Franklin-Myers described Chubb, who gashed the Carolina defense for 141 yards on 22 carries, as “a great runner with great balance and a great stiff arm. He’s strong. You have to bring your feet with your tackles and be ready for that stiff arm, because it’s coming.’’

Franklin-Myers on Hunt, who had 46 rushing yards and a TD last week: “Hunt is different because he’s a little more unorthodox. He’s a little wild and crazy. He runs super hard, but it’s different because he doesn’t have a signature move. He bounces off guys and continues to run and keeps his feet moving.’’

Rankins described Chubb as “more of a true one-cut guy who puts his foot in the ground and runs with power.’’

Rankins on Hunt: “Kareem has a little bit more of you-don’t-know-what-you’re-going-to-get. He’s got a little more make-you-miss than what you would think. Has great balance, is great out of the backfield. He can run every route out of the backfield.’’

Linebacker C.J. Mosley called the duo “a very tough one-two punch.’’

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley reacts after forcing a fourth down during the first half against the Ravens at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 11, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley reacts after forcing a fourth down against the Ravens.
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“If we don’t have the edges on them it’s going a long day,’’ Mosley said.

“Both present different problems,’’ Rankins said. “Nick is top-five back in the league and Kareem is a top-10 back in this league. There’s nothing those guys can’t do. It’s going to be on us to constrict run lanes, get 11 guys to the ball and do a great job of tackling. These guys do a great job of breaking tackles. They run through arm tackles. Population to the ball is important, because those guys turn 5-yard runs into 11- and 12-yard runs.

“They are capable of leaning on their run game for everything and not having [quarterback] Jacoby [Brissett] to have to throw 30 or 40 times a game. It’s going to be on us, the guys up front. Make them have to earn it.’’

If the Jets make Chubb and Hunt earn their yards and put it on Brissett to win the game, they’ll win the game.

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