Hello, Browns fans, and welcome to another year of On The Mark Browns recaps. It was yet another season opening of embarrassing, unprepared Cleveland Browns football, leading to a 31-10 blow out that had a promising start but a horrific, if not utterly predicable, finish for the 11th loss in a row of a season opener.
Enter Johnny Manziel, who threw an incredible 54 touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin to make it 7-0. After that, it was all Jets. Manziel went on to throw for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception but also fumbled the ball twice which led to Jets points.
My thoughts: The Browns, as usual, are a mess. They've lost 11 season openers in a row. The run offense was MIA and the run defense couldn't hold anyone. Josh McCown's ill advised leap in to the end zone sealed the Browns doom. While Manziel did OK in his absence, he still looks raw and unready to lead the team. That said, it may be a better option for Mike Pettine to start Manziel for the rest of the season to see what the team has in him. The Browns will more than likely finish last in the AFC Central so having Johnny start wouldn't really matter at this point. The biggest disappointment was how unprepared and sloppy the Brown were from start to finish. It was a disgusting display on both ends of the ball. And there's still 15 more games to go.
Play of the day: Manziel's 54 yard touchdown pass to Benjamin, his first passing touchdown as a pro.
Play of the day 2: Hartline's amazing 1 handed catch to convert a first down.
Turning point: McCown's fumble at the goal line which turned the momentum over to the Jets and knocked him out of the game.
Next up: the home opener against the Tennessee Titans at 1 PM next Sunday the 20th.