Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have powered the Cleveland Browns into the playoffs and a shock road win over bitter rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. The same one-two punch in the running game is the key to the Browns producing an even bigger upset against defending Super Bowl champion the Kansas City Chiefs.
The running game is supposed to be a mere afterthought in the NFL in the 21st century. It's a thing of the past, just a way to kill the clock.
The Cleveland Browns established what was almost a "dream team", a squad made up of top players on many different positions. Despite loading up with exceptional talent, the Browns never actually lived up to the expectations. They missed the postseason in both of the last two years, finishing near a .500 record. Until this year, that is.
After last year’s promising end to the season under interim head coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, there were high hopes for the Cleveland Browns this season. That was especially so after the high-profile trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants, with many predicting Cleveland to end their long running playoff drought.
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the NFL's most exciting and dangerous teams last season. Why haven't they built on that this offseason?
While these new signings look promising and will certainly help the departing roster, new general manger Eric DeCosta will have his work cut out for him filling the gaps of talented former players if the Ravens want to make it to the playoffs.
Goff, Gurley, Mahomes, Hunt and more face-off in Los Angeles on Monday. What more could you want?
What will 2018/19 hold in the AFC West?