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Here's our take on the Browns' top players on offense, defense and special teams in the Week Two win at Indianapolis.
Offense: QB Colt McCoy
McCoy was efficient, completing 22-of-32 passes for 211 yards and not committing a turnover. On his second-quarter TD pass to TE Evan Moore, McCoy showed his mobility and accuracy, scrambling left and hitting Moore with a strike in the corner of the endzone. Overall, it was a poised, professional performance from the Browns' second-year starting quarterback in victory.
Defense: DE Jabaal Sheard
Sheard, a second-round pick from Pittsburgh, helped the Browns extend their fourth-quarter lead when he beat Colts ORT Jeff Linkenbach off the edge, stripped QB Kerry Collins off the ball and recovered the fumble. Sheard's only mistake on the play was an ill-advised lateral that landed out of bounds, but Cleveland retained possession on the Indianapolis 14, and PK Phil Dawson's field goal gave the Browns a 27-12 lead with 2:59 left. The sack was Sheard's first as a Brown.
Special teams: RS Joshua Cribbs
Cribbs had another exceptional day. A 52-yard kickoff return in the second quarter put the Browns, trailing 6-0, on their 45-yard-line, and they capitalized on the field position with their first touchdown of the game. Cribbs, who also started at wide receiver, had a 25-yard catch to keep the Browns' second TD drive alive. Then, to cap off his wonderful day, his 43-yard fourth-quarter punt return put the Browns on the Indianapolis 28 — and Cleveland again made the most of the opportunity, as RB Peyton Hillis rumbled for a TD run to put Cleveland up 24-12. Cribbs' great play to begin the season has been a major positive for Cleveland.