G Cameron Erving, one of the Browns' two first-round picks, came on during the first series of the game and saw some of his most extensive playing time of the season Sunday.
The bright spot from this game is the continuing development of Manziel. He certainly isn't the only quarterback to walk out of CenturyLink Field a loser, but he put most of the blame on himself for the failed offense and five dropped passes.
"It's catching and throwing". "We're resilient. You can count us out and say what you want to about players, but we're going to be consistently efficient at what we do - run the ball, stop you on defense and be explosive when we have to be".
The defeat was not unexpected. "If we get off the field, we're great", Dansby said. The offensive line was beginning to show signs of improvement, but then QB Russell Wilson threw out perhaps his biggest clunker of a game against the Cardinals, coming off a bye week in which he garnered more attention for posting pictures of his off-week vacation online then with his heretofore legendary commitment to preparation.
When I retire, then maybe we'll look back and see what happened. Baldwin tied the Seahawks' record for touchdown receptions in one season with 13 today, after recording two touchdowns in the first half. One of the players benefiting from that is Baldwin, who is now having a career year in his fifth season with the Seahawks. The Browns ranked 31st in the league with only 16 touchdowns in 37 red zone opportunities before the game. They'll holler the whole game, and they've never not done that.
"I haven't met with the staff yet to talk about this week", Pettine said on Monday afternoon. "We don't have a confidence issue, that's for sure". "That situation where K'Waun is probably will have some impact on where we are with Pierre". Now, the question is whether this is like a batter getting hot at the plate - in which case Seattle is going to eventually cool off - or if this reflects a quantum leap that has forever changed the Seahawks' offense this season.
The Browns countered with an eight-play, 36-yard scoring drive sparked by undrafted rookie running back Raheem Mostert's 53-yard kickoff return.
"It starts with the quarterback", Pettine said. "Losing him is tough".
Overall, it was a mixed performance for Erving. Carroll said his understanding is the Texans, in dire need of quarterbacks with their top two injured, signed Daniels to be a QB. "There were a couple times where he got beat". So I just want you guys to know - since you guys don't give him the credit - I'm going to give him the credit. That one was a little bit questionable. He returned five kicks for 156 yards - a 31.8-yard average.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is seemingly setting records every week. And it may be his last one in the NFL.
-LB Tank Carder (elbow) was able to play through his injury. They have made a habit of starting slow and finishing strong. The first pass thrown to him bounced off his hands. Cleveland twice drove inside the Seattle 20 and settled for field goals and punted from the Seattle 42 another time. A defensive holding penalty was declined and the touchdown stood. He finished with 43 yards on nine carries. The Browns' defense was basically bled slowly for half the quarter after the Browns offense bled the Seahawks defense for the other half. Seattle 27, Cleveland Browns 10.
Seattle came right back to score on a 14-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in Baldwin's first touchdown, a 3-yard reception from Wilson. And the Seattle Seahawks (9-5) are back on their customary, late-season roll that's propelled them into the last two Super Bowls. The Seahawks have allowed 248 points, fewer than all but the Bengals, who have allowed 243.
Early on, Johnny Manziel was matching Wilson pass for pass, including guiding the Browns to a touchdown on the game's opening drive to silence the 12s.
Now, five consecutive wins and seven victories out of eight games later, Wilson's on the most prolific stretch of passing the league has ever seen. They've scored 29 points or more in five consecutive games (4-1 in that run). The Seahawks are simply a better team. Hello Russell Wilson, surgeon.