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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
AFC North Game Balls

By Jamison Hensley

We're handing out game balls after Week 7 and here is who's getting them:

OFFENSE: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This was a no-brainer because Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns while the other two AFC North offenses combined for one touchdown. Plus, after Arizona cut the lead to 17-14, Roethlisberger responded by completing 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards. He finished off the drive by eluding an unblocked defender and throwing a 4-yard touchdown. It was classic Roethlisberger.

DEFENSE: Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron. Cleveland might not be as flashy on defense as last year under Rob Ryan, but the Browns are having better results under a more straightforward approach. The Browns held the Seahawks to 137 total yards, the fewest allowed by any defense this week. According to the News-Herald, it was the fewest amount of yards given up by Cleveland since Dec. 5, 1993.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Browns kicker Phil Dawson. Sure, he had two kicks blocked but it wasn't his fault. Dawson still accounted for all of Cleveland's scoring in the Browns' 6-3 win over Seattle. He kicked field goals from 52 and 53 yards despite having a bruise on his right thigh.