Tuesday, November 22, 2011
AFC North Game Balls
By Jamison Hensley
We're handing out game balls after Week 11 and here is who's getting them:
OFFENSE: Ravens WR Torrey Smith. Two weeks after scoring the game-winner in Pittsburgh, Smith torched the Bengals for 165 yards receiving and one touchdown. The rookie second-round draft pick accounted for 44 percent of the Ravens' offense in the win over Cincinnati. His five catches went for: 13, 15, 22 , 28, 38 and 49 yards.
DEFENSE: Browns MLB D'Qwell Jackson. The comeback player of the AFC North, Jackson sealed Cleveland's dramatic victory over Jacksonville when he forced a fourth-down incompletion to wide receiver Mike Thomas in the end zone. He made seven solo tackles behind a strong effort from the Browns' front four and helped contain Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Ravens punter Sam Koch. He was a major factor in the Ravens winning the field position battle against the Bengals, netting 45.9 yards and placing three punts inside the 20-yard line (both of which tied season highs). His last punt forced Cincinnati to begin its final drive at its own 14-yard line. It was one of the few bright spots for a Ravens special-teams unit that has struggled this season.