Tuesday, November 15, 2011
AFC North Game Balls
By Jamison Hensley
We're handing out game balls after Week 10 and here is who's getting them:
OFFENSE: Steelers wide receivers. Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery stepped up in Cincinnati, where Mike Wallace was held in check and Hines Ward was not used. Brown continues to make a major impact, catching five passes (all on scoring drives) for 86 yards, a 17.2-yard average. His spectacular 19-yard grab converted a third-and-19 and kept alive a drive that ended with a field goal late in the second quarter. Cotchery made only two receptions for 29 yards, but one went for Pittsburgh's first touchdown and another score was called back because of a Heath Miller penalty.
DEFENSE: Steelers cornerback William Gay. He redeemed himself in the fourth quarter by deflecting a pass (which led to the first interception) and picking off another. Those two turnovers allowed Pittsburgh to hold on for a seven-point win. It was only a week ago when Gay was beaten for the winning touchdown against Baltimore. Gay finished with four passes defensed in Cincinnati.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Browns kicker Phil Dawson. To be honest, no special-teams player stood out in the division Sunday. Dawson kicked a season-best four field goals: 44, 32, 43 and 27 yards. Even that isn't really spectacular for Dawson, who usually has to make them from beyond 50 yards. He did miss the 22-yard game-winner, but that was the fault of the long-snapper and not the kicker.