A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9:
This week's High Energy Player in the AFC North was a no-brainer, because Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis put together one of the most dominant performances of 2010. Hillis punished the Patriots with a career-high 184 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's upset victory last Sunday over the New England Patriots.
Acquired in an offseason trade from the Denver Broncos for quarterback Brady Quinn and a draft pick, Hillis has been Cleveland's MVP in the first half of the season. His playing style makes him prone to injury, but when Hillis is healthy, the bruiser is a perfect fit for what the Browns want to accomplish offensively.
Hillis' 29 carries single-handedly protected rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who only threw 19 times, and kept dangerous New England quarterback Tom Brady off the field. It was clear by the second half that New England's defenders were worn down. Hillis' 35-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was a final exclamation point.
Previous AFC North High Energy Players
Week 3: Brett Keisel, defensive end, Steelers
Week 4: Hillis, running back, Browns
Week 5: Ray Rice, running back, Ravens
Week 6: Lawrence Timmons, linebacker, Steelers
Week 7: Ed Reed, safety, Ravens
Week 8: Emmanuel Sanders, receiver, Steelers