The Cincinnati Bengals played certainly one of their utmost defensive games so far this season, shutting down the Cleveland Browns 30-0 in Week 15. Johnny Manziel made his NFL debut and the Bengals’ defense quickly showed him who’d the upper-hand in this matchup. Let’s just say, the sole ones flashing Manziel’s signature money signs Sunday were the Bengals’ defenders after completely dominating the rookie QB all game.
Manziel was under constant pressure and couldn’t enter into any type of rhythm in this game. He ended with terrible numbers, throwing for only 80 yards and two interceptions, with only 1 positive rushing play on the day. I will guarantee this isn’t how he pictured his begin playing out.
The Bengals’ defense did their job of containing Manziel; the truth is they made him virtually non-existent in this game. Along with the 2 interceptions, they sacked him 3 x and only allowed him to rush for 13 yards.
The rookie who wound up shining in this AFC North matchup was the running back on another side of the ball, Jeremy Hill. Hill dominated making big plays afternoon for Cincinnati’s offense, rushing for an overall total of 148 yards and 2 TD’s. He made a strong case for himself on Sunday he deserves that starting job over Giovani Bernard.
If there’s one takeaway applying this game, it’s that Johnny Football really has a lot of work to complete at the NFL level. The Bengals arrived to Cleveland with a casino game plan which they executed to perfection, which is a great sign with this specific team simply because they approach the final of the growing season, and likely a playoff berth. And speaking of signs, I’d advise Manziel to lay low on flashing the money signs until he actually proves his worth in the NFL.