Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/19/11
Cleveland Browns – 17, Arizona Cardinals – 20
The Cleveland Browns almost went into Arizona and stole a win from a Cardinals team that’s still barely alive in the playoff race.  Of course, the Browns almost won in the same way they’re almost a mediocre football team… almost there, but still not even that good.  Seneca Wallace (247 total yards, 1 TD) got the start and moved the Browns better than Colt McCoy has for most of the season, making people wonder if Wallace shouldn’t be the starter at least for the remaining games this year.  John Skelton (320 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) got another start for the injured Kevin Kolb, and he produced yet another win for the Cards.  So far Skelton’s winning percentage is much better than Kolb’s, so again you’d have to wonder if Skelton shouldn’t at least be in the conversation to be the Cardinals go-to QB.

Greg Little (5-131, 1 TD) finally had a big breakout performance due in no small part to the 76 yard TD bomb he caught from Wallace in the third quarter.  Little hadn’t shown much in the way of big play ability until that catch, but that might have something to do with the quarterback play.  Mohammed Massoquoi (3-42) was a distant second in terms of catches and targets, as no other Browns receiver ended up mattering.

Todd Heap (7-69) came out of nowhere to post his best game in terms of catches, yards, and targets in recent memory.  Larry Fitzgerald (3-65) had a lot of targets as well, but never really got on track in this contest.  Andre Roberts (6-60, 1 TD) continued his late mini-surge with a solid game, leading the team in targets with 10 total.  Still, Fitz is the only receiver worth truly considering out of this bunch.

Peyton Hillis (26 car., 99 yards, 1 TD; 1 rec., 9 yards) got all the carries for the Browns, and hey, they seemed to be better for it.  Hillis has been a huge disappointment this year, but at least he’s showing signs of life before he gets ready for free agency.  It’s hard to imagine Hillis being back with the Browns, and it’s equally hard to see any team giving him the full time starting gig… no matter what, he probably will end up sharing the football at his next destination, which would limit his value.

Beanie Wells (20 car., 67 yards, 1 TD; 1 rec., 6 yards) had another grind-it-out type of day, tallying only 3.4 yards per carry but like last week, squeezed out a touchdown to save his fantasy day.
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