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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
AFC North Game Balls: Week 11

By Jamison Hensley

We're handing out game balls after Week 11 and this is who's getting them:

OFFENSE: Andy Dalton, Bengals. You could easily have given a game ball to two other Cincinnati players, A.J. Green or BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But Dalton was the bigger factor in the easy win at Kansas City. And it goes beyond his 230 yards passing and two touchdown throws. Dalton scrambled for a first down on fourth-and-7 and later scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down.

DEFENSE: Entire Steelers defense. It's unusual to give a game ball to a player in a loss, much less an entire unit. But the Pittsburgh defense played well enough to win. The Steelers didn't allow an offensive touchdown, and the Ravens' two field goals came following turnovers by the Pittsburgh offense. Pittsburgh held Joe Flacco to 164 yards passing and limited Ray Rice to 40 yards rushing. The only knock on the performance was the lack of turnovers.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Jacoby Jones, Ravens. Maybe the special teams game ball should be renamed the "Jacoby Jones" award for the rest of the season. He scored the Ravens' only touchdown in a win at Pittsburgh, returning a punt 63 yards to the end zone. This marks the third time in five games that Jones has scored a touchdown off a return. Not sure if they should deduct some points for Jones' touchdown dances, though.