The AFC North had a decent weekend overall, tallying a 2-2 total record. I give out game balls to players that have exceptional days and play the biggest parts in their team’s success. A few guys had career days and helped their respective squads win or come very close.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Because of his career game in almost every category, my game ball goes to Isaac Redman. Coming into week 9, the Steelers were decimated at the running back position. Dwyer, Mendenhall, and Redman were all questionable with injuries. Redman was the only one to play and he racked up a career high 147 yards on 26 carries, including the touchdown that put the Steelers ahead for good in the 4th quarter.
Baltimore Ravens: My game ball for the Ravens goes to Torrey Smith. Smith didn’t have a monster game but as the Ravens trailed the Browns with only 4 minutes left, he made a great 19-yard TD grab from Joe Flacco. Smith tallied 46 yards on 4 catches in total.
Cleveland Browns: Phil Dawson takes home my Brown’s game ball for week 9. Dawson was the only offense the Browns had. He kicked a career high 5 field goals, ranging from 28 to 41 yards. His 5th field goal gave the Browns the lead in the 4th quarter, but the defense was unable to hold the lead.
Cincinnati Bengals: When you pick off one of the best quarterbacks of all time twice in one game, you get a game ball. Terence Newman had two takeaways against Peyton Manning and his Broncos and very nearly sent streaking Denver home with a loss. The interceptions were Newman’s first 2 on the year.