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Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through five games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — Even when he's not 100 percent, as he was in Week Five because of a quad injury, Hillis brings something to the offense. He made an impressive snag of a Seneca Wallace pass for a 19-yard TD, deflecting the ball first with his left hand, then securing it with both hands. Hillis was limited to 28 yards on 10 carries but did catch four passes for 49 yards.
2. S T.J. Ward — The rookie from Oregon has made a big impact both on defense and on special teams. In the kicking game, he came up big late in the second quarter, blocking a Falcons 30-yard field-goal attempt and preserving a 7-6 lead into halftime. On defense, Ward added six tackles and leads all Cleveland defenders with 43.
3. OLB Scott Fujita — Fujita continues to thrive in the Browns' 3-4 scheme. Early in the third quarter, he sacked Falcons QB Matt Ryan and forced a fumble fumbled by Browns DE Kenyon Coleman, the second consecutive week he has stripped a passer of the ball on a sack. Overall, Fujita has 27 tackles, 2½ sacks and two forced fumbles this season.
4. QB Seneca Wallace — Wallace played exceptionally well before suffering an ankle injury late in the first half of the Browns' loss to Atlanta, completing 11-of-15 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown and compiling a sparking QB rating of 124.0. Wallace has steadily improved since his first start vs. Kansas City, and if the injury costs him any playing time, it will be a shame, for he really impressed against the Falcons.
5. TE Benjamin Watson — Watson has been the Browns' most consistent receiver this season. Targeted seven times in Week Five, Watson caught five passes for 45 yards. He has caught 23 passes for 230 yards with one TD in five games.