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Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through 11 games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — What else can we say about Hillis? He scored all three of the Browns' touchdowns in Cleveland's 24-23 win vs. Carolina Sunday on runs of nine, five and six yards. Overall, he rushed for 131 yards on 26 carries and hauled in six passes for 63 yards. He leads the Browns in scoring (78 points), rushing yards (905) and receptions (46).
2. NT Ahtyba Rubin — Rubin has had a very good season, notching 53 tackles and becoming one of the game's better nose tackles. He had two tackles vs. Carolina on Sunday. In just his third NFL season, the 24-year-old has a bright future.
3. QB Colt McCoy — Why rank McCoy this high off five starts? We look at it this way: the Browns have been competitive in all of his outings, with legitimate chances to win four of those games, and he has made the offense better when he has played. McCoy has been accurate, efficient and prudent. The rookie from Texas has completed 81-of-127 passes for 975 yards with three TDs and three interceptions.
4. OLB Matt Roth — Roth notched seven tackles and a sack vs. the Panthers and now has 53 tackles (tied for third-most on the club) and 3½ sacks (tied for second). In addition to being a consistent pass-rush threat, he's very good vs. the run, too.
5. S T.J. Ward — In Week 12, Ward recorded five tackles on defense and added another two special-teams stops. Ward, who has made a team-best 87 stops on defense, teams with Abram Elam to give the Browns a solid tandem on the back end of the defense.
Honorable mention: S Abram Elam, OLB Scott Fujita, CB Joe Haden, C Alex Mack, OLT Joe Thomas, TE Benjamin Watson.