Monday, November 16, 2015

On The Mark 11.16.15: #Browns vs. #Steelers Recap

No surprise as the Steelers crush the Browns 30-9
By @MarkW2112

The Cleveland Browns, playing in Pittsburgh, went down once again to the Steelers 30-9. But, in Browns fashion, they were beat by Pittsburgh "backup" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was active but behind Landry Jones who started the day at QB. But thanks to an ankle injury, Roethlisberger was pushed in to action.
And, just like always against the Browns, he passed for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns. For the Browns, Johnny Manziel started and while he did fumble his first pass in scrimmage, he showed incredible poise while throwing for 372 yards and a touchdown to Gary Barnidge as well as the fumble and an interception in the end zone. He was also sacked 5 times but was able to escape a few times from pressure to make plays. The running game once again was non existent, as Manziel led the way to 17 yards. Starting RB Isiah Crowell had -5 yards total, a sad reminder of how bad the Browns running game truly is.

The Browns defense was burned all day by Roethlisberger, who threw bombs to Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown at will. Bryant had a touchdown while Brown had 2 TD's, the last one for 56 yards with an acrobat flip in to the end zone. They were able to contain DeAngelo Williams for most of the day but ended up with 54 yards on 17 carries. But none of that matter with a defensive secondary that was tormented all game long.

My take: There's not much else to say about the Browns as they go in to the bye week. They are undisciplined, undermanned and untalented on defense. On offense, Johnny Manziel needs to start for the rest of the season. Being 2-8, the Browns just need to play their youngsters, including Justin Gilbert, who was a healthy inactive today. It's another lost season for the Cleveland Browns so you might as well see what you have.

Player of the game: Johnny Manziel. That's right, I named Johnny as my player of the game. While only scoring 1 touchdown, he was poised and made a spectacular play that should have been a touchdown if not for the incompetency of the referees.

Next week: A bye, also known as a break from the heartache from another Sunday loss. They will then play the Ravens on Monday night, November 30.

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