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Browns MVP Meter: Week 14

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Posted Dec. 14, 2010 @ 12:58 a.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through 13 games.

1. RB Peyton Hillis — It will take a lot to knock Hillis out of this spot, as there is no doubting his value to the offense. Hillis, who rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries in the 13-6 loss to Buffalo, has become the first Browns back to exceed 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Jamal Lewis. However, fumbles continue to be a problem for Hillis, who put the ball on the ground three times and lost one with Cleveland up 3-0 and driving in the first quarter.

2. NT Ahtyba Rubin — Rubin notched nine tackles (five solo) at Buffalo and has recorded an impressive 64 tackles on the season. He has played at a high level this season and could draw Pro Bowl consideration. Rubin's motor has distinguished him.

3. CB Joe Haden — Haden has defended 16 passes and intercepted a team-best five passes in his first NFL season. His emergence helps the Browns better combat strong passing games.

4. S T.J. Ward — The rookie from Oregon has been a key part of the defense all season. Ward recorded a team-best 12 tackles (10 solo) vs. Buffalo. On the season, the 5-10, 211-pound Ward has notched 104 tackles (according to, defended seven passes and hauled in a pair of interceptions.

5. TE Benjamin Watson — Watson leads the Browns in receiving yards (582) and is second on the club in catches (51).  

Honorable mention: S Abram Elam, OLB Scott Fujita, P Reggie Hodges, C Alex Mack, OLB Matt Roth, OLT Joe Thomas.

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