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Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through six games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis —Hillis racked up 90 combined rushing-receiving yards in the Browns' 28-10 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Hillis rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries, and his 14-yard run up the middle in the second quarter was the longest run surrendered by the Steelers this season. Hillis leads the Browns with 391 yards rushing on 88 carries and has also caught 26 passes for 192 yards. He has scored a team-high five TDs (four rushing, one receiving).
2. S T.J. Ward — Ward led the Browns with 10 tackles in the loss to Pittsburgh. The physical rookie from Oregon has a team-high 54 tackles and is on pace for 144 on the season. Ward added another special-teams tackle, too, as he continues to make a positive contribution in that area as well.
3. TE Benjamin Watson — Watson's presence is one reason the passing game is improved from a season ago. He caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown vs. the Steelers Sunday and was targeted nine times. The swift Watson leads the Browns with 29 catches for 318 yards and two TDs.
4. WR-RS Joshua Cribbs — Cribbs is one of the game's top special-teams players and has an important role on offense. He missed most of Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers ROLB James Harrison, and head coach Eric Mangini said Monday that Cribbs has a concussion. If he can't play, the Browns' offense loses one of its top running threats, and the Browns would likely shelve the "Flash" package, in which he takes a direct snap from center. Also, Cribbs has improved as a receiver, too. As a returner, Cribbs alters the game even if he isn't breaking long returns, as teams are wary of kicking to him.
5. OLB Scott Fujita — Fujita, who notched six tackles in Week Six, has notched 2½ sacks and has forced two fumbles in six games this season. He is second on the team in tackles (33).