Monday, December 15, 2014

On The Mark 12.15.14: #Browns Recap

Johnny Failure: Browns Destroyed By The Bengals 30-0 In Manziel's Disaster Debut.
By @MarkW2112

The month of December seems to be an unkind month for the Cleveland Browns.  This year is no exception.  After losing a heartbreaker last week to the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns came out flat on defense and even more dismal on offense, being beat at every aspect of the game by Cincinnati Bengals 30-0 in the last home game of the year.  It was a disaster of a debut for quarterback Johnny Manziel, the prized pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Manziel threw for just 80 yards and 3 interceptions.  He also had no help from his offense, with Isiah Crowell and Terrance West providing no spark with the running game and the offensive line seemingly lost on almost every play called.  The Bengals defense picked apart the offense, sacking Manziel 3 times with most of the defenders doing the money sign after the fact.

The Bengals offense had it's way with the run game as Jeromy Hill running for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns with a total 244 running yards for the Bengals offense.  Andy Dalton didn't have to do much only throwing for 117 yards and an interception but it didn't matter as the Browns defense just let them run wild.  The best block of the day came when Hill tried to jump in the Dawg Pound and a fan pushed him down with a force not seen by any defensive player.

My take: Sadly, Johnny Manziel is a rookie that made a ton of rookie mistakes.  It was an absolute disaster.  Missed play calls, dropped passes, false starts...the offense was a mess. The defense was pretty awful too. And with only 2 games left it killed any playoff chance they had.  It was just another Sunday in December for the (as always) last place Cleveland Browns.

Next: against the Carolina Panthers in Raleigh next Sunday. 

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