With RB Carlos Hyde in the backfield, the Browns have had trouble finding carries for rookie RB Nick Chubb and veteran RB Duke Johnson.
That changes on Sunday, as the Browns have traded Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 Mid-round pick.
Hyde has carried the football 114 times for the Browns, recording 382 yards and 5 TDs.
Does the trade spell relief for the Buccaneers?
On one side, Hyde brought a 3.4 yard per carry average and of course 5 TDs, however, rookie RB sensation Nick Chubb has only carried the football 16 times, averaging 10 yards a carry for 173 yards and 2 TDs. Mind you that 105 of Chubb’s yards came on just three carries against the Oakland Raiders, so while not consistently killing it, there is that chance he could explode at any moment.
The Buccaneers will have to keep their eyes on the backfield and make those stops on the line. If they do not do this, then it could be a long day for Tampa’s defense and considering the Buccaneers are 1-10 against rookie QBs in close to a decade, Baker Mayfield could have his rebound game if the running game takes off.
Browns veteran running back Duke Johnson is not known to be a big-time runner and isn’t considered a back to be worried about, however, Tampa historically, makes bad backs look good. I wouldn’t think Johnson by himself is a threat, not as much as Chubb is, but the one-two punch they could deliver may cause Tampa all types of problems on Sunday.
With a new look Bucs defense on the horizon for Sunday, the Buccaneers D could come out and play aggressively, putting a stop to the running game and force the rookie QB to throw on the chase. If I know anything about Mark Duffner and his style of game planning, there will be a ton of blitz packages being used this Sunday, and hopefully, the result is the Bucs defense wreaking havoc on the Browns.
I like the Bucs in this one 27- 24