The Browns' offensive line received the Madden Most Valuable Protectors award for Week 9. Hall of Fame coach John Madden selects the top-performing O-line each week.
In the Browns' 34-14 victory over the New England Patriots this past Sunday, Cleveland's offensive line did not allow a sack and helped running back Peyton Hillis rush for a career-high 184 yards. The Browns' offensive line is composed of Joe Thomas (left tackle), Eric Steinbach (left guard), center Alex Mack (center), Billy Yates (right guard) and Floyd Womack (right tackle). Rookie Shawn Lauvao also played a series at right guard during the first quarter.
"Cleveland's offense is starting to click now as the line is creating the space needed for Peyton Hillis to pick up big chunks of yards at a time," Madden said. "You can tell how much the Browns' offensive line is growing together and becoming more physical and confident with each passing week in both their run blocking and pass protection."