Cleveland Browns dropped by Seattle Seahawks, 30-13


Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) get away a pass as he is tackled Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) during a game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns lose 30-13 to the Seattle Seahawks in a game lacking much excitement.

Well, last week was fun.

The Cleveland Browns were unable to repeat last week’s success as they were defeated 30-13 by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The game opened up with Johnny Manziel leading a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive finished off with a Gary Barnidge touchdown catch. This would be the only touchdown for the Browns on the day.

Much of the momentum from that opening touchdown was erased after the Seahawks went on a 14-play, 69-yard touchdown drive right after the Barnidge touchdown. The Browns defense had no answer for Russell Wilson, who finished with three touchdowns. He now has 19 passing touchdowns in his last five games, so expecting this defense to stop the streak may have simply been wishful thinking.

There are just too many missing pieces, removing any chance of being a successful football team. First, there are injured players, such as Joe Haden and K’Waun Williams, but there are also the pieces that just aren’t here because of poor drafting and free agent signings. I mean, how many times do we have to watch Tramon Williams play a bad game before he is taken off the field?

Then there are the missing pieces on offense. I like both players, but a group of receivers featuring Marlon Moore and Terrelle Pryor does not set up any quarterback for success. This is not to say that Manziel played an amazing game and he is not at all at fault for the loss, but he really has limited his mistakes, thus placing more blame on the rest of this team for the 3-11 season.

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He played well enough to have the team down 14-10 in the second quarter, and only four drives didn’t result in scores. The story of this game is the long drives allowed by the defense that took a lot of time off the clock and resulted in points for the Seahawks.

Doug Baldwin had two first-half touchdowns, frustrating Browns fans but making Baldwin fantasy owners very happy. Two field goals gave the Seahawks a 20-10 lead at halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter, but that did little good for the Browns who were trailing. A Seahawks touchdown to begin the fourth quarter ended any hope of a comeback, not that there was much of one to begin with.

A perfect example of this season’s woes came at the end of the game when Dwayne Bowe came in and had two catches, reminding fans where all that money was spent in free agency this past offseason.

Combine that with the one run for one negative yard by Pryor, and the frustration only builds.

The bright spot from this game is the continuing development of Manziel. The touchdown drive to open the game was something Browns fans have rarely seen out of the quarterbacks since 1999. Even though it was the only touchdown of the game, he showed that he is capable of leading successful drives. It sounds like a simple task, but we all know that this has been a struggle for so many to play the position of quarterback in Cleveland.

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Manziel is nowhere close, at least right now, to Russell Wilson in terms of quarterback play, but he has shown flashes and that is something that can be brought out more if he is given more opportunities to play.

The conversation will continue to rage on whether Manziel should be this team’s starting quarterback of the future, but let’s just hope he continues to develop in the last two games of this season.