Cleveland Browns lose to Seahawks, 5 takeaways

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Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) audibles at the line during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

5. Johnny plays to see another day

Whether you’re a Johnny Manziel fan or not the Cleveland Browns must be a little more comfortable with him heading into these last two games. Although he didn’t impress much on the stat sheet he played a solid game and perhaps one of his better ones in his career.

The score might lead many to believe the game was a total blowout, however the Browns were in it for most of the four quarters. Johnny stayed in the pocket, possibly more than he should’ve, and looked good when throwing in and out of the pocket. He used his legs to create big plays that kept drives alive that neither Josh McCown or Austin Davis could.

The offensive line didn’t play the best game because the Seahawks defense was getting to Manziel quite often during the game. On several third downs, Manziel made smart decisions as he used his legs to leave the pocket to throw the ball away to avoid being sacked.

He could’ve rushed for an easy touchdown although decided to zip one into the hands of Gary Barnidge on the first drive of the game. The announcers laughed as they thought Johnny easily could’ve ran it in, although he’s giving himself the opportunity to stay in the pocket and find the open man.

Nobody likes to see their team lose but Johnny Manziel looked good against a great Seattle Seahawks defense. Good isn’t going to win you the game against this team but he made plays when he had to and aside a late-game interception, the kid made his reads and had a decent game.