Every once in a while, things just work out perfectly—even in Cleveland.
That's how the story went this Sunday, when the Browns, led by rookie quarterback Colt McCoy and iron man running back Peyton Hillis, mowed down an overconfident New England team with the kind of play Bill Belichick didn't realize or wouldn't acknowledge they were capable of.
After winning the second of three solid starts he was never expected to make this season, McCoy became the first Browns quarterback since Bernie Kosar to get out on the field, defy the odds and prove that he just knows how to win. That's an amazing feat to be sure.
Even more amazing though? Peyton Hillis, who has been wowing us all season long. If you really stop to think about it, it makes you wonder what Hillis was doing during those two years in Denver before he was traded to the Browns. Was he just getting adjusted and warmed up to the league?
More likely, it just wasn't the right team for him. Enter Cleveland, where the slipper (er, cleat) just seemed to fit.
Hillis, whose tremendous skills might translate on any team at this point in his career, does so exceptionally well in Cleveland because the Browns' style of offense, general approach to the game and even organizational personality are perfectly aligned with what Hillis has to offer.
Following are six slides detailing what makes Hillis and the Browns such a perfect match.