The Browns winning streak was stopped at one as they dropped a 30-13 decision to the Seahawks in Seattle to drop to 3-11 overall, with two games left. Meanwhile, the Seahawks continued their quest the playoffs by improving to 9-5.
The Browns defense continued to be the problem. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s 26th ranked unit reverted to not being able to stop the run and not being able to get off the field on third down.
Add in, not being able to stop Russell Wilson throwing for three touchdowns, was a recipe for loss.
Seattle put up 423 total yards on offense, with 241 passing and 182 rushing. The Seahawks scored on six of their seven possessions of the game, excluding the final possession when they ran out the clock.
The Browns offense moved the ball against the Seahawks number two ranked defense, putting 10 points on the board midway through the second quarter. However, it was the defense that couldn’t stop Seattle.
After the Browns touchdown on their opening drive, the Seahawks scored touchdown on their first two possessions and added a field goal on their third and fourth possessions of the first half to take a 20-10 lead.
The Browns first defensive stop didn’t occur until 11:18 was left to play in the third quarter as they finally forced Seattle to punt.
After the one defensive stop, the Seahawks went back to scoring touchdowns as Wilson threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Tyler Lockett as he beat Johnson Bademosi for the score.
The Seahawks closed out their scoring with the third field goal by Steven Hauschka to make the final 30-13.
The big achilles heel for the Browns was on third down as they gave up five third down conversions out of six to Seattle’s offense in the first half in leading to 20 points.
After shutting down the 49ers rushing game a week ago, the Browns couldn’t do so against the Seahawks injury-depleted running game.
Without their top two backs in Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, they still rushed for182 yards. They were led by Christine Michael—who they had given up on earlier in the season by trading him to the Cowboys. Michael had 84 yards, while Wilson had 46 yards, with Bryce Brown adding 43.
Johnny Football: QB Johnny Manziel started strong as he led the Browns on an impressive opening drive as he led the Browns 80 yards on 15 plays capped with a seven-yard touchdown pass to TE Gary Barnidge. Manziel was 6-of-8 for 60 yards and a touchdown on the drive. Manziel hit WR Travis Benjamin twice for 22 yards, while RB Duke Johnson had two receptions for 17 yards WR Taylor Gabriel added a 14-yard reception.
However, as the Browns got further and further behind, the Seahawks were able to drop back and take off after him. Manziel was victimized by five dropped passes by unofficial count.
Manziel led the Browns on a 12 play drive on their first possession in the second half but were forced to punt after moving into Seattle territory. He led the Browns to a field goal early in the fourth quarter when the Browns moved to Seattle’s 10 before stalling after Manziel was sacked on third down. Manziel’s final pass was intercepted when the Browns trailed 30-13.
Manziel finished 19-of-32 for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran twice for 17 yards, including a long of 12 yards. Manziel was sacked three times. His rating was 69.9.
Barnidge & the Wizard: TE Gary Barnidge tied Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome’s franchise record with his ninth receiving touchdown in the first quarter. Newsome accomplished the feat in 1979. Barnidge finished with three receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. Barnidge has 68 receptions for 930 yards to lead the team.
The Crow: After an explosive week against the 49ers last week with 145 yards and two touchdowns, RB Isaiah Crowell was limited to 19 yards on eight carries in the first half and finished with nine carries for just 23 yards. He caught three passes for seven yards.
The Duke: RB Duke Johnson had his longest run of the season from scrimmage with a 39-yard run and finished with 46 yards running on four carries. He caught five passes in the first half for 39 yards.
Bowe Sighting: WR Dwayne Bowe was active and didn’t enter the game until under three minutes to play with the Browns trailing 30-13. Bowe caught two passes on the first two plays of the drive for 22 yards.
Desmond Sack: DL Desmond Bryant sacked QB Russell Wilson in the third quarter to give Bryant 5.5 sacks on the season to tie LB Armonty Bryant for the team lead the Browns. He then combined with LB Christian Kirksey and was credited with a half sack to give him the team lead at 6. LB Karlos Dansby led the Browns with 10 tackles, while DB Tashaun Gipson had eight with DL Danny Shelton adding seven.
Pryor Action: WR Terrelle Pryor was in early and dropped the first pass thrown to him on a quick slant. Pryor had two targets but no receptions. He lined up and took a direct snap with Manziel flanked as a receiver and ran for a one-yard loss.
Bad Bademosi: DB Johnson Bademosi, again playing CB, had a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up the Seahawks first touchdown. Bademosi, primarily a special teams player, who was converted from safety has played CB throughout the season ahead of CB Pierre Desir. CB Justin Gilbert and CB K’Waun Williams were inactive. WR Doug Baldwin caught two touchdown passes with Bademosi in coverage. On the second touchdown, Bademosi was called for holding, but still made the play. Bademosi appeared to give up his third touchdown pass of the game as WR Tyler Lockett got behind him in the end zone to open the fourth quarter.
Greco Hurt: OL John Greco left on the first series and didn’t return. OL Cam Erving replaced him at right guard. DL Brandon Mebane blew right by Erving for a sack and a eight-yard loss on Manziel to end the first quarter. Erving continued to have his problems as he was holding on a first down run by Manziel, that was called back. Erving was credited with a good block that sprung RB Duke Johnson on a 39-yard run.
Mostert Impacts Kick Returns: After just being claimed off waivers this week, RB Raheem Mostert was the kickoff returner for the Browns. On his second return, Mostert returned the ball out of the end zone 53 yards to the 48-yard line to start the drive. Mostert returned five kicks for 159 yards and a 31.8 average.
Coons Kicks: After 3 blocked field goals in the last three games, K Travis Coons two field goals and an extra point. Coons field goals were from 37- and 34-yards. Coons was questionable for the game with a groin injury and there was talk about signing a replacement kicker or using backup QB Austin Davis in an emergency.
Not Smart: The Seahawks were running a play to end the half with no time on the clock but DB Tramon Williams grabbed the face mask and the Seahawks were allowed one more play and K Steve Hauschka hit a field goal to give Seattle a 20-10 lead.
Gabriel Returns: WR Taylor Gabriel returned after missing the last three games with a concussion. Gabriel had two receptions for 18 yards, but had a key drop. Inactive for the Browns were DB Justin Gilbert, DB K’Waun Williams, OL Kaleb Johnson, WR Ranell Hall, WR Andrew Hawkins, RB Darryl Richardson and RB Glenn Winston.