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On their first offensive snap Sunday in Dallas, the Cleveland Browns obliterated the Cowboys at the line of scrimmage so thoroughly no defender could even lay a hand on Nick Chubb until he’d almost reached the first-down marker. The 24-yard gain set the tone for the day and sent a message around the league.
This Browns’ running game isn’t just legit. It’s a budding juggernaut.
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Through four games, Cleveland tops the NFL with 818 rushing yards and averages a league-best 5.88 yards per carry. On top of that, the Browns have posted the fourth-highest total through any team’s first four games to start a season over the past 30 years. Only the 2005 and 2006 Atlanta Falcons and last year’s Baltimore Ravens rushed for more yards in their first four games — and they boasted elite running quarterbacks in Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson, respectively.
Instead, the Browns are running roughshod over the opposition with