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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
AFC North Game Balls: Week 9

By Jamison Hensley

We're handing out game balls after Week 9 and this is who's getting them:

OFFENSE: Isaac Redman, Steelers. After being sidelined the past two weeks with a high-ankle sprain, Redman ran for career-high 147 yards and scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. With two other backs out (Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer), Redman not only came up big but he delivered big plays with five runs of 11 yards or longer. Runner-up was Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who spun away from Joe Haden for the winning touchdown at Cleveland.
DEFENSE: Dick LeBeau, Steelers. Earlier this season, when the Steelers had squandered three fourth-quarter leads, there was talk that the game had passed LeBeau by and his scheme had become predictable. But LeBeau has worked his magic recently and limited Eli Manning to 125 yards passing. The Steelers held the Giants to minus-9 yards in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers. Taking over for the injured Antonio Brown, Sanders delivered a spark in his first returns of the year. He averaged 25.3 yards on three punt returns and nearly scored on one of them, which leads us to that embarrassing moment. You almost want to take the game ball away from Sanders after he was stopped from reaching the end zone by a punter. The runner-up here was Phil Dawson, who provided all of the scoring for the Browns with five field goals.