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Here's our vote for the Browns' standouts on offense, defense and special teams in Cleveland's 14-10 win vs. Jacksonville on Sunday:
Offense: RB Chris Ogbonnaya
Simply put, Ogbonnaya has looked like he has belonged in his last two games. That wasn't the case at the outset of his stint with Cleveland, as he did not play especially well when getting extended playing time at San Francisco and Houston. However, he has played much better the past two weeks, and his 21-carry, 115-yard performance Sunday was the best game by a Browns back this season. Ogbonnaya racked up 98 yards after halftime, gashing the Jaguars' defense time and again. His 40-yard fourth-quarter run was the longest by a Brown this season.
Defense: (tie) WLB Chris Gocong and CB Joe Haden
Each made very nice efforts to help prevent Jaguars touchdowns on the third- and second-to-last plays of the game. On first down, Gocong made a simply wonderful play, diagnosing a run play, sprinting around the edge and grabbing RB Maurice Jones-Drew by the waist. Were it not for Gocong, Jones-Drew could well have scored. On second down, Haden, who didn't have one of his best games overall, was initially beat by by WR Jason Hill, but closed just in time to break up the pass.
Special teams: RS Joshua Cribbs
Cribbs had two kickoff returns for 63 yards, with a long of 37 yards. While he does not have a return for a touchdown this season, Cribbs does have three kickoff returns of 40 yards or more and four punt returns of 20 yards or more, and he still merits mention among the NFL's best returners.