Chiefs defense ready for Browns' 'double-headed monster'

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:40:29-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yards from scrimmage is the ultimate production stat in football. It's rushing yards plus receiving yards. Who has the most typically signifies a player and team with tremendous offensive success.

In 2020, six NFL teams placed two players in the Top 25 of yards from scrimmage.

One of the Kansas City Chiefs, of course. Tight end Travis Kelce finished eighth in the league in that category with 1,416 yards. Seventeen yards behind him was Tyreek Hill with 1,399 yards from scrimmage, which was good enough for 12th-best in the NFL.

But only one team placed two running backs in the Top 25. And that team is the Cleveland Browns.

"It's like a double-headed monster, you know?" Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said.

Honey Badger is referring to Browns' ball carriers Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

"When one checks out of the game, the other one comes in," Mathieu said. "Both of those guys are elite, I think, in their own way."

Chubb finished the regular season with 1,217 yards from scrimmage. Hunt rushed for 841 yards and caught for 304 yards. That totaled 1,145, which was good enough for 24th in the NFL.

"Typically when you have two running backs in there you can say, 'When 24 is in there, here's what they run,'" Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "Really, they run their whole offense with both of them."

Similar stats, similar styles for Chubb and Hunt. As evidenced by the yards from scrimmage stats, both are dangerous catching passes out of the backfield, too.

"That's where they're really effective. So you can't get a beat on that," Spagnuolo said.