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Week 1 vs. TB
Rushing: 9 / 41 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 0 on 5 targets
Hillis took the field on the opening drive and the 1st play was thrown to him and then the 1st carry or hand off of the game went to Hillis. Despite Mangini saying Harrison was going to get a lot of work, it was obvious that Hillis was starting the game. Peyton was impressive when he had the ball although both backs ended up with an equal number of carries. Hillis looks a lot like Mike Alstott and he even wears the same number 40 as Alstott did. Many Bucaneers fans probably thought they were looking at the next Mike Alstott this past Sunday as Hillis was tough to bring down. What wasn't tough though was stripping him of the ball as he fumbled twice in the game losing one of them to the Bucs. It's hard to envision Hillis being the primary ball carrier but he certainly can be the thunder in a thunder and lightning backfield. Cleveland is still trying to find their identity on offense. Hillis had a beautiful TD run from about 10 yds out where it looked like Tampa wanted no part of him in the open field once he broke towards the left sideline.
Week 2 vs. KC
Rushing: 8 / 35 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 26 / 0 on 3 targets
Hillis continued his surprising Week 1 with a solid effort in Week 2, solidifying not only that he'll get playing time each week, but that he's also the teams go-to goal-line back. Hillis' sole touchdown run was the definition of "second effort" and his three targets show that he's being used both on the ground and through the air. Although Harrison appears to be getting more carries, Hillis is doing the most with what he's being given and he makes an intriguing stash/bye-week fill-in for deeper leagues.
Week 3 vs. BAL
Rushing: 22 / 144 / 1
Receiving: 7 / 36 / 0 on 8 targets
Hillis was strong, stubborn, and tough to bring down all day. His straight-ahead running style lacks subtlety, but it was more than the Ravens could handle, as Hillis broke free a few times for long runs (drawing an unnecessary roughness at the end of one to help set up the go-ahead score) and consistently got yards after contact on his short runs. He often carried a tackler or two for his last yard on carries, including a carry to set up a first and goal that led to his TD, which was uncontested because of great blocks from Lawrence Vickers and Ben Watson. Hillis did not wear down under his heavy workload, so one has to assume that the Browns will continue to feature him.
Week 4 vs. CIN
Rushing: 27 / 102 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 3 targets
Hillis continued his improbable run of greatness against the Bengals Sunday, rushing for 100-yards in his second-straight game and scoring a touchdown in his fourth-straight. Hillis looked like his usual self, running forward and running hard, never stopping his constantly pumping legs until the play was ruled dead. He's a tough throwback to the NFL's old-days and his low center of gravity has helped him become one of the most effective running backs in the league --- albeit one of the most surprising as well. It doesn't look like he'll be doing any slowing down anytime soon and as the man's practically an unstoppable force, it's going to take an immovable object to stand up to him (see: Pittsburgh's run defense).
Week 5 vs. ATL
Rushing: 10 / 28 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 49 / 1 on 6 targets
Hillis ran over a few Falcon defenders (including Curtis Lofton) on the few runs that he was able to get a head of steam going, but for the most part he was met by multiple Falcons at or close to the line of scrimmage. He fumbled on his second carry and also couldn't handle a bad exchange from the QB on third and goal, but Hillis still scored on a beautiful one-handed tip to himself in the open field on a floater from Seneca Wallace. Hillis was reportedly hurt worse than widely known with his questionable status and thigh bruise coming into the game, but his lack of numbers was more due to the Falcons tough defense than any diminished ability on his part.
Week 6 vs. PIT
Rushing: 12 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 49 / 0 on 7 targets
Because of Josh Cribbs' early departure from this game due to concussion, Hillis was the Browns' most legitimate offensive player remaining. He ran downhill well and looks like a battering ram when given open field to get up to speed. Despite starting the year as a backup and many people criticizing Eric Mangini for not playing the since-traded Jerome Harrison, Hillis looks like a good option as a featured back. With the Browns underrated offensive line and Hillis' pass-catching ability, he can continue to produce and show that the beginning of this season hasn't been a fluke.
Week 7 vs. NO
Passing: 1 - 1, 13 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 16 / 69 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 2 targets
Hillis is built like a pick-up truck. He really ended all thoughts of a comeback, with a few very impressive and hard runs in the 4th quarter. He plays with passion, and is currently one of the most powerful running backs in the league. However, on one play in the 4th, he took it to the corner and showcased his underrated speed in burning the Saints for a 12 yard gain. Hillis has a good OL in front of him, but defenses key on the running game due to the poor WR's on Cleveland. Despite that, he was able to carve out positive yardage and keep the clock rolling in the big Cleveland victory. He even showcased his arm with a pass to 13 yard pass to none other than Colt McCoy, as the Browns emptied their bag of tricks to defeat the Saints.
Week 9 vs. NE
Rushing: 29 / 184 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 36 / 0 on 3 targets
Hillis was the MVP in this game by far but he owes a lot to his offensive line. The Browns offensive line got a big push all game on the Patriot defensive line and gave Hillis big head starts and a lot of room to work with. Hillis is a very tough runner when he can get momentum and does not go down easy in this situation. He routinely carried defenders 5-10 yards after contact when he built up speed in the backfield and hit the hole. Hillis even was able to jump over a safety early in the game, showing his 250 lb. body is more nimble than you could expect. Hillis gouged the Patriot defense up the middle all game and was a huge aid for McCoy and the Browns defense in terms of time of possession. His offensive line gave him big holes at times and Hillis proved too fast and too strong to be tackled head on by Patriot defenders. He is not just a one trick pony however, and even caught a nice flare pass over a Patriot LB down the sideline for a big gain. He has a deceptive burst to the outside and completely deflated the Patriots in the fourth quarter on an explosive run down the sideline for a game deciding touchdown.
Week 10 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 19 / 82 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
Hillis is a beast who runs hard and is very, very difficult to bring down. The Jets fought hard to contain him, often meeting him in groups of two or three in an effort to take him down and he would still move forward just a little extra bit. Hillis isn't just a plodding big man though, and several times showed good burst and speed while running the ball. On his touchdown run, Hillis did a good job changing direction and then outrunning the coverage to the end zone. Hillis is playing with a huge chip on his shoulder and it shows with every run. He's playing great ball and when he gets a head of steam, he's a juggernaut.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Rushing: 21 / 48 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 95 / 1 on 8 targets
Hillis was the centerpiece of the offensive game plan once again, getting the majority of the touches early on designed passes to get the ball on him and a steady diet of runs up the gut. He was often met at the line of scrimmage by a Jags defense that was crashing down hard at the point of attack. His fantasy day was salvaged by a long catch and run that featured a broken tackle to free Hillis and an improv play from Colt McCoy when he escaped a sack and found Hillis standing there all alone as a safety valve in the red zone. Hillis is a good RB1 play going forward, but his workload and tendency to do things like leave his feet and invite contact could cause him to get hurt sooner than later.
Week 12 vs. CAR
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 26 / 131 / 3
Receiving: 6 / 63 / 0 on 8 targets
In a season that has made the whole football world take notice of HIllis, no half of football he has played has been more impressive than his first half vs. the Panthers - as long as you take away his terrible attempt at a halfback option pass to a wide-open Ben Watson. He scored three times, once by getting outside with speed, once by running it up the gut with power, and once by planting Charles Godfrey on his backside on the way to the end zone. Hillis was breaking arm tackles and hurdling would-be tacklers on the way to a dominant performance. He was rarely brought down by the first Panther that met him, and his yards came by way of his impressive athleticism as much as they came from his physical running style. Hillis stabilized the offense when Jake Delhomme went on tilt in the second half and he also operated as a safety valve for Delhomme. He was stopped on a fourth and one that let the Panthers stay alive, but he also ran very tough on the game-winning field goal drive. He is the heart and soul of this team and many fantasy teams. If drafts were held today, Hillis might be a top 5 pick.
Week 13 vs. MIA
Rushing: 18 / 57 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 22 / 0 on 9 targets
It was a forgettable day for Hillis. After a good enough start to the game, he found it tough to get up the middle on most runs. He showed a good burst at the line, and good hands as Delhomme's safety valve, but in the end neither skill translated into much yardage, never mind scoring opportunities. The Browns didn't lose faith in him, but the Dolphins managed to bottle him up as the game went on. Telling stat: : On his first 7 carries,he averaged over 4 yards per carry; the next 7, roughly a yard per carry. Near the end of the game, the Browns had possession on the Dolphins 2 yard line, with the game tied. But they elected to kill the clock and go for the field goal rather than run it in. Which is, yes, the smart play, but also is a good indication of how well the Dolphins shut him down.
Week 14 vs. BUF
Rushing: 21 / 108 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 10 / 0 on 5 targets
Hillis is what he is, a hard-nosed, bruising runner who runs
behind a nasty run-blocking line. It's amazing what this running game can do,
even when the defense totally disregards the passing game. In the first
quarter, it looked like Hillis was going to bury the Bills by himself, as he
shredded the defense as the Browns drove it right down the field. But Hillis
was stuffed on 3rd down at the goalline, and the Browns failed to score a TD.
Then on his next drive, Hillis tried to do a patented "leap", and coughed up the
football, the only lost fumble on the day, but one of THREE times he put the
ball on the turf. Hillis has had a remarkable season thus far, and remains a
sledge-hammer of a running back, but his value is much less when he's got an
inept statue like Delhomme at QB, as the offense as a whole just can't get
Week 15 vs. CIN
Rushing: 14 / 59 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 23 / 0 on 3 targets
Hillis was bottled up by the Bengals for most of the game. He had a couple solid runs here and there, but for the most part, the Bengals kept him from really making an impact as he has in other games this season. He had a nice run late in the third quarter where he broke through the line, and when he reached the LBs, he cut back toward the middle of the field and rumbled for a big 18 yard gain. He had a couple nice catch and run type plays to help in the passing game as well, including a catch just before halftime where he broke out of the backfield into the flat and McCoy hit him in stride for a gain of 12. He also had a nice one-handed grab on their first possession of the second half that he turned into a 12 yard gain. He still remains the only solid RB for the Browns and will be the rest of the season.
Week 16 vs. BAL
Rushing: 12 / 35 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Peyton Hillis does not look like the same back he was a few weeks ago --- the season may finally be catching up on him. Hillis ran tough early but lacked any kind of explosiveness or power that scared defenses earlier in the season. The effort was there on his part, but he was not able to establish his running style against a stout Ravens defense.
Week 17 vs. PIT
Rushing: 6 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
Hillis had a great year, but he was clearly playing injured in this game. He didn't even start as Cleveland attempted to play "the New England way" by spreading the game out and going with a no-huddle approach. When that clearly didn't work, they brought in Hillis, but he was largely ineffective. He also had a much better performance in Pittsburgh earlier this season than he did in this game. It's hard to blame him for it as much as his other teammates. Hillis was injured coming in while it looked like the majority of his team simply didn't want to play.