While the NFL has become known for its pass-happy nature, the importance of having a solid running game cannot be underestimated. Throughout the season, this space will monitor the league’s rushing leaders.
Here is how things shake out after Week 3:
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There’s a new name at the top with Cleveland’s Nick Chubb overtaking the Giants’ Saquon Barkley. Chubb racked up 113 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries on Thursday as the Browns downed AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-17. The 26-year-old has now rushed for 100+ yards in two of his first three games, helping Cleveland to a 2-1 record.
Week 3’s most impressive rushing performance came from Chicago’s Khalil Herbert. Coming in for injured starter David Montgomery, Herbert torched the Texans’ defense to the tune of 157 yards on 20 carries to go along with two touchdowns in the Bears’ 23-20 victory. If Montgomery is forced to miss time, Herbert will continue to see increased opportunity for a Chicago squad that remains vastly committed to the run.
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