AFC North running back units ranked from worst to best in 2023

  • Which Ohio team has the better RB duo?
  • Which team has the worst RB room?
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1. Cleveland Browns - Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford, Demetric Felton Jr.

You likely expected this as soon as you clicked on this article because, unfortunately, the Browns clear-cut have the best running back unit in the division and that is thanks to having one of, if not the best running back in the league in Nick Chubb.

He's had four straight 1,000-yard seasons now, with over 1,500 last year to pair with 12 rushing touchdowns. It's simple, no one else in the division really compares, Nick Chubb is by far and away the best halfback the AFC North has to offer.

And, unlike Harris and Mixon, the former Bulldog has off-the-charts efficiency. In all of his five seasons, he's finished with over 5.0 yards per carry. Durability isn't an issue for Chubb either, at least as I write this, as in five seasons he has only missed seven games, and all of those came from the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

It doesn't even matter who is behind Chubb because he alone gives the Browns this top spot. Sure, the gap between them and second would be much more if Kareem Hunt was still on the roster at RB2, but considering how prolific Nick Chubb is as a running back-- especially in comparison to other running backs of the AFC North-- you would have to really reach to justify any other team being number one in terms of running back units.


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Since neither Jerome Ford nor Demetric Felton had more than one rushing attempt last year, there isn't much to say about either of them-- chances are Cleveland will pick up one of the many free agent running backs still available for that RB2 position-- but again, with Chubb as your starting running back, depth doesn't make a difference for this choice to put the Browns at No. 1.