The Cleveland Browns gave fans an exciting one on Sunday as they defeated the Tennessee Titans 28-14. With Josh McCown out with a concussion, we got our first real look at the new Johnny Manziel. The Browns were aggressive, got off to a quick start, and didn’t look back.
After the Browns forced Tennessee to punt, Cleveland responded quickly. Johnny Manziel threw a 60 yard bomb for a touchdown on the second play of the first possession. This marked the second straight week that Manziel connected with Travis Benjamin on a touchdown of 50-plus yards.
Don’t worry, the receiver didn’t stop there. Late in the first half, with less than two minutes left, Benjamin returned a punt for 78 yards and six points. Even after Cleveland’s offense appeared to have stalled and the Titans scored two touchdowns to make it a seven point game, Benjamin came through in the clutch. The speedster broke away from coverage and converted another Manziel bomb into a score.
This touchdown gave Cleveland a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter and sealed the first regular season victory for the Browns and Johnny Manziel. The quarterback finished the game with two touchdown passes and 172 yards.
Although Johnny produced respectable numbers, the defense applied the pressure and was more than efficient. After recording a perfect passer rating in his NFL debut, Marcus Mariota looked like a rookie. He was sacked seven times and took numerous big hits. Also, Cleveland’s defense forced four fumbles and recovered three of them. This is great news for any fantasy football owners.
Before concluding this article, it would only be right to honorably mention the Browns running backs, who produced when needed. Isaiah Crowell racked up 72 yards while reaching the end zone once. Duke Johnson ran for 43 yards on 12 touches.
Next week the Browns try to keep the momentum going as they host the Oakland Raiders.
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