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Here are the Browns' players of the week on offense, defense and special teams for Week Seven.
Offense: RB Peyton Hillis
Hillis scored the Browns' lone offensive TD, a four-yard run off left end in which he took a pitch from QB Colt McCoy and sprinted into the endzone untouched, in Cleveland's 30-10 win at New Orleans on Sunday. Hillis, who rushed for a team-high 69 yards on 16 carries, has scored a touchdown in 5-of-6 games this season.
Defense: OLB David Bowens
Bowens, 33, had a career game vs. New Orleans, scoring touchdowns off interception returns of 30 and 64 yards. His first touchdown came when the ball bounced off him, then a Saints lineman, and then into his hands before it hit the turf. His second score, a 64-yard pseudo-stroll with no Saint in close pursuit, punctuated by a somersault into the endzone, provided Cleveland's final points with 3:33 left. Bowens is the first Brown to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game since Bob McDonald 50 years ago.
Special teams: P Reggie Hodges
Hodges' 68-yard run on a fake punt with Cleveland leading 10-3 in the second quarter was the longest run by a punter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 and the Browns' longest play from scrimmage this season. And Hodges again punted exceptionally, too, posting a 42.3-yard net average on four punts, with two downed inside the New Orleans 20. But it's his run, highlighted by his move to get past Saints PR Lance Moore, that was one of the defining moments of the win — and certainly the highlight of his career to this point.