Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks along the sidelines after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter in a game againt the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns saw little movement in the weekly NFL power rankings following their loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
What a difference a week makes for the Cleveland Browns.
A week after beating the hapless San Francisco 49ers, the Browns were reminded what it means to be on the other side during a beating at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.
“It was apparent after watching the tape that our level of play just wasn’t good enough,” head coach Mike Pettine said on Monday. “Unfortunately that’s been a theme in a lot of our losses this year. The positive is I like our teams attitude, I like their fight.
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“I think the players are still very much focused and intent on finding a way to end the season the right way. I see that in how they practice, I see that in how they prepare and I see that during games. I see the emotion, the passion that you want to see in your team and we’re going to continue to be that way for the next two games.”
The loss was reflected in the weekly NFL power rankings as, after getting a big bump following the win over San Francisco, the loss to Seattle pretty much kept the Browns at status quo.
"The Browns kept it interesting for a while … before sleeping in Seattle during the second half. The absolute dearth of offense from midway through the first quarter until early in the fourth – during which Cleveland gained all of 65 yards – certainly didn’t help. The Seahawks’ penchant for keeping the ball only left Johnny Manziel with seven offensive possessions to get anything going. If you didn’t see the highlights, he didn’t get anything going. #spoileralert (Cincinnati No. 8, Pittsburgh No. 5, Baltimore No. 31)"
"Johnny Manziel watch: 19-of-32, 161 yards, one touchdown, one interception. Not great, but it was a tough assignment at Seattle. That performance won’t affect the ultimate decision on Manziel one way or another. The next two weeks will tell this story. (Cincinnati No. 4, Pittsburgh No. 5, Baltimore No. 32)"
"Johnny Manziel may not be posting numbers that pop, but he keeps steadily improving despite mounting losses for the Cleveland Browns."
"The highlight of his afternoon Sunday came on the opening drive against the Seattle Seahawks. Manziel threw for 65 yards during a drive that ended with his touchdown toss to tight end Gary Barnidge. The always-improvising quarterback sprinted up the middle to draw in defenders, then had the vision to spot Barnidge off to his left."
"At the very least, Manziel has earned the right to compete for a starting job next summer in training camp. Which means Cleveland should use its high first-round pick to address another core need. (Cincinnati No. 7, Pittsburgh No. 8, Baltimore No. 31)"
"The Cleveland Browns went to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Seahawks and a win looked like a long shot, and the game unfolded as such. The Seahawks torched the Browns to the tune of 30-13. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his way with the Browns secondary, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had two touchdown catches as well."
"Johnny Manziel wasn’t horrendous but he wasn’t great either. He completed 19-of-32 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception."
"The end of the season only gets rougher for the Browns. They go on the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs who are in remarkable form and on an incredible win streak."
"Then they finish the season by welcoming their AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers to town. The Steelers are fighting for a playoff spot in the Wild Card round and will be looking for a win which doesn’t bode well for the Browns."
"The silver lining for Cleveland would be a top draft pick in 2016. The downside is that the Browns don’t tend to take advantage of these draft picks and draft well, so it might not work. (Cincinnati No. 5, Pittsburgh No. 8, Baltimore No. 31)"
"With two weeks left, the question now is whether coach Mike Pettine will be back. I doubt it. (Cincinnati No. 5, Pittsburgh No. 7, Baltimore No. 32)"
"At 3-11, the Browns are currently on pace to earn a top-two draft pick. The Browns haven’t picked in the top two of the draft since 2000, when they took DE Courtney Brown first overall. (Cincinnati No. 5, Pittsburgh No. 4, Baltimore No. 28)"