Offensively, not a lot of surprises in the snap counts. Manziel got the start and played the whole game. Austin Davis was active as the back-up quarterback, but was the only Brown that didn’t see any snaps vs. the Steelers.
Manziel finished the game completing 33 of his 45 passes for a 73% completion rate. He threw for a career high 372 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Manziel was also the Browns leading rusher on the day with 17 yards on 3 rushes.
On the subject of rushing, the Browns found themselves in a deep hole again in the second half and attempted only four rushes—with two of those being Manziel scrambles. Duke Johnson carried 4 times for 10 yards, while Crowell carried 6 times and lost five yards. Travis Benjamin attempted 1 rush on an ill-advised end around to the short side of the field and lost 7 yards. In total, the Browns gained a whopping 15 yards on 14 carries.
Travis Benjamin was the top receiver catching 7 passes for 113 yards. Manziel spread the ball to seven different receivers on the day. Gary Barnidge caught the Browns only touchdown of the day. Dwayne Bowe was inactive once again.
Cameron Erving started his first game at left guard and had a rough game trying to block Cam Heywood, and picked up a couple of holding penalties along with several internet meme-level GIFs.
Defensively, the Browns decided to involve rookie Charles Gaines in the game instead of Justin Gilbert. Gilbert was a healthy scratch while Gaines played 41% of the defensive snaps. The Browns allowed 399 yards passing, and the bulk of their 188 penalty yards were on pass interference penalties. Jordan Poyer intercepted his first career pass. Congratulations Jordan.
If there is any silver lining for the defense, they bottled up the Steelers run game early on. That’s about it. Karlos Dansby led the team in tackles with 6. Christian Kirksey had a sack, a pair of TFL and a pass break-up. Paul Kruger was credited with 2 tackles for loss.
On special teams, Duke Johnson and Marlon Moore shared kick-off return duties with Justin Gilbert inactive.