AFC North High Energy Player of the Week

November, 9, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9:

[+] EnlargePeyton Hillis
AP Photo/Tony DejakBrowns running back Peyton Hillis had a career-best day in a win over the Patriots.
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.

Hillis is the first two-time winner for High Energy Player in the division. He also won the award in Week 4 after rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Previous AFC North High Energy Players

Week 1: Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

Week 2: Troy Polamalu, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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