- Nick Chubb decided against scoring an easy touchdown for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
- With the Browns leading the Texans 10-7 in the final seconds, Chubb ran out of bounds at the end of a long run to retain possession rather than score and give the ball back to Houston.
- It was the right play for Chubb, but his decision had major implications for both bettors and fantasy football players.
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Nick Chubb made the right play at the end of the game for the Cleveland Browns and broke the hearts of many bettors and fantasy players in the process.
With Cleveland holding a 10-7 lead over the Houston Texans in the final minute, Chubb broke free on a big run down the sideline. Chubb had a clear path to the end zone and looked like he was speeding towards a score. However, he stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line.
—Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 15, 2020
For the Browns, it was the right play. The Texans were out of timeouts, and by holding on to possession, the Browns were able to kneel the game away and take home the win.
But for many bettors and fantasy owners, the play was crushing. Heading into the game, the Browns were 4.5-point favorites, meaning for Cleveland bettors to cash their ticket, the Browns had to win by five points or more. Had Chubb completed his run into the end zone, the Browns likely would have covered with ease. Instead, the final seconds ticked away with Cleveland holding tight to their 10-7 lead.
Fantasy owners have a bit less of a case to be frustrated — Chubb had already rushed for 126 yards and a score. That said, for those who played Chubb this week and end up losing by just a point or two, this play will be a tough one to forget.
On Twitter, many noted that while Chubb made the right play, it was a frustrating end to the game for some.
Of course, there are two sides to every bet, and those who were backing the Texans were thrilled with Chubb’s smart decision.
For those that bet the Browns, it was undoubtedly a bad beat, but you can’t blame Chubb for making the right play.
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