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Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through nine games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — Hillis continues to be the focal point of the running game and a key part of the passing game. Hillis rushed for 82 yards and a TD on 19 carries in Week 10 vs. the Jets and caught four passes for 27 yards. Hillis has racked up 726 yards and eight TDs on 152 carries this season and has hauled in 34-256-1. He's on pace for 1,291 yards rushing.
2. OLB Scott Fujita — Fujita left the Jets game with a knee injury, and head coach Eric Mangini indicated Monday he could miss some time. Fujita has had a very good season, notching 51 tackles and racking up 3½ sacks. David Bowens may get the call in his place at Jacksonville on Sunday.
3. S T.J. Ward — Ward's had an impressive rookie season, and he added to his team-leading tackle tally with seven more on Sunday. He also defended two passes. However, Ward (67 tackles in nine games) was unable to bring down Jets WR Santonio Holmes on the game-winning TD reception in overtime.
4. C Alex Mack — The Browns have started three different quarterbacks, but each transition has been fairly smooth. Don't underestimate Mack's role in this process, as well as his importance to a physical, tone-setting running game.
5. QB Colt McCoy — McCoy, who completed 18-of-31 passes for 205 yards with one TD and no interceptions vs. the Jets, impressed in leading the Browns to the game-tying TD with 44 seconds left. McCoy, who has not committed a turnover in the last three games, is 2-2 as the Browns' starter, and he stands a real shot at keeping the job for the rest of the season.
Honorable mention: WR-RS Joshua Cribbs, NT Ahtyba Rubin, OLB Matt Roth, OLT Joe Thomas, TE Benjamin Watson.