Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through 12 games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — The Dolphins did a nice job holding Hillis relatively in check. He gained just 57 yards on 18 carries, and his seven receptions went for just 22 yards. He was also held without a touchdown for just the second time this season. On the season, Hillis, who's the unquestioned MVP of the Browns with three-quarters of the regular season in the books, has rushed for 962 yards and 11 TDs and leads the Browns with 53 receptions.
2. NT Ahtyba Rubin — Though Rubin notched only a pair of tackles vs. Miami, head coach Eric Mangini credited him for altering Dolphins QB Chad Henne's throw on a pass that was intercepted by CB Joe Haden. The Browns' active nose tackle has 55 tackles in 12 starts.
3. TE Benjamin Watson — Watson caught 10 passes (a career high) for 100 yards and a TD vs. the Dolphins. The former Patriot has hauled in 50 passes for a team-best 574 yards and three TDs (also a team high) in 2010.
4. CB Joe Haden — Haden simply keeps making big plays. He intercepted a pass for a fourth consecutive game on Sunday and defended four passes. On the season, he's defended 20 passes, third-most in the league, according to NFL.com statistics. His five interceptions are three more than any other Brown and are tied for most in the AFC.
5. S Abram Elam — The fifth-year safety has played very well recently. Against the Dolphins, Elam notched seven tackles and intercepted his second pass of the season. In his last five games, Elam has 32 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Honorable mention: OLB Scott Fujita, P Reggie Hodges, C Alex Mack, OLB Matt Roth, OLT Joe Thomas, S T.J. Ward.