This weekend, the Browns take a trip to good ol’ “Music City” to play the Tennessee Titans in what is anticipated to be the highlight game of the week in all facets. While the game itself is slated to be a good one, the real matchup is between the best two running backs in the NFL today – Browns running back Nick Chubb and Titans running back Derrick Henry.

This will be the most anticipated duel between two players at the running back position in a long time. To make this game and matchup even sweeter, both teams are 8-3 and in line for the playoffs as the Titans now lead the AFC South after hammering the Indianapolis Colts, 45-26. The Browns, on the other hand, are 2nd place in the AFC North behind undefeated Pittsburgh and are coming off a win in Jacksonville, 27-25. While the game itself is intriguing, let’s look at the real tale of the tape between Chubb and Henry.

Both Chubb and Henry honed their skills in the Southeastern Conference respectively with Henry playing for the Crimson Tide and Chubb being a Georgia Bulldog. Henry would win a NCAA National Championship and the Heisman Trophy in 2015 and would enter the NFL Draft in 2016 and get picked by the Titans. Nick Chubb would leave the following year in 2017 and be selected by the Browns. Derrick Henry is clearly built like all-time Titans great running back Eddie George – tall, fast, ungodly strong and armed with the world’s most disrespectful stiff arm. If you don’t believe me just ask Buffalo Bills defensive back Josh Norman.

Nick Chubb, being four inches shorter, is himself built like a small armored truck with the speed to compliment his strength. Usually needing two or three tacklers to take him down. Chubb is also compared to great Browns backs Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner as far as being a punishing runner.

Both backs are on pace to have great 2020 seasons even with Nick Chubb suffering a minor knee injury that sidelined him for four games. He will more than likely make up for the lost time in the following weeks as he currently has 605 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Titans running back Derrick Henry, on the other hand, is already a 1,000-yard back with 1060 yards and 12 touchdowns currently and one should expect those numbers to climb before the season is over and Henry just may win the league’s rushing title again this year.

The reason this match-up is so intriguing is that there’s some leftover animosity. Think back to 2019 when both backs were neck and neck for the rushing title. Browns back Nick Chubb would reach 1,000 yards and then lose them by being tackled behind the line of scrimmage while Titans back Derrick Henry would surpass 1,000 and in the process win the league rushing title. Keep in mind that the Titans would throttle the Browns 43-13 in the first game of the 2019 season, as well. In this writer’s opinion, this game has “Grudge Match” written all over it as the Browns will be looking to avenge last year’s loss at home.

I still expect this to be the Game of the Week and should be a great one. I wouldn’t be surprised if the league decides to flex this game to Sunday night or a 4 p.m. start. Either way, the way the Browns have been playing, they have a shot to win this game and inch closer to a playoff spot for the first time since 2002.

By the way, I’m still sticking with my previous prediction. DE Myles Garrett returns to add Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Myles Garrett “quarterback cemetery”.¬† 20-17 Browns

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