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By Mike Wilkening

Here are the Browns' players of the week on offense, defense and special teams for Week Four.

Offense: Peyton Hillis

Once again, Hillis thrived as the Browns' lead back. Hillis rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries, and his 24-yard run off right tackle clinched Cleveland's 23-20 win vs. Cincinnati. Hillis has scored a rushing touchdown in each game this season and is the first Cleveland back since Greg Pruitt 35 years ago to score in four straight games. He has very clearly emerged as the featured back; no other Browns tailback carried the ball on Sunday.

Defense: Matt Roth

Roth had his best game of the season. notching two sacks, three tackles for loss and six tackles overall. The outside linebacker led a Cleveland pass rush that was credited with hitting Bengals QB Carson Palmer seven times. When Roth rushes like this, it can help the secondary, and it can lessen the need for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to take risks with an eye on generating pressure.

Special teams: Scott Fujita

Fujita's block of Bengals PK Mike Nugent's 43-yard field-goal attempt near the end of the first half ended up being a six-point swing for Cleveland and was one of the key moments in Cleveland's three-point victory. The block gave Cleveland the ball on its 34-yard line with 1:31 remaining in the first half, and the Browns capitalized with an eight-play, 53-yard drive ending in a field goal of their own to take a 13-10 halftime lead. Nugent had not failed to convert a field goal all season before Fujita's block.

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