Game Ball of the Week: Joshua Cribbs

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 06: Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Brows is tackled by cornerback Brice McCain #21 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Amidst the Cleveland Browns' worst loss of the season, Joshua Cribbs was one of the few players who stood out with a positive performance. In the absence of the team's other best playmaker though, running back Peyton Hillis, Cribbs' contributions aren't enough to prevail Cleveland to victory over a good team like the Texans.

This was another game in which Cribbs set up or was involved in all of the team's scoring plays. The Browns doubled their first quarter productivity on the season with a first quarter field goal. That field goal was set up by Cribbs returning his second kickoff opportunity of the game 63 yards to the Texans' 37 yard-line. Cribbs, in an attempt to stiff arm the opposition to the end zone, grabbed the face mask of the guy trying to tackle him and was flagged 15 yards. Nonetheless, it still led to a 50-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.

With Greg Little having a terrible game at receiver, Cribbs stepped up in that department too. He was targeted five times and came away with 5 catches for 50 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown reception with just under five minutes to play. A little later, he tried his darnedest to recover an onside kick for the Browns but was unable to. The other candidate for the game ball was linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.

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