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Bengals Bites (12/15) - Coming Up Short

To say the least, the Bengals "Handled" Johnny Manziel in yesterday's game. It really couldn't have gotten worse for the guy on his home turf. Welcome to the NFL.

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Johnny Manziel: I’m not using the rookie excuse | ProFootballTalk
If NFL seasons played out like fairy tales in Cleveland, Johnny Manziel would have led the Browns to a dramatic win over the Bengals on Sunday before winning the final two games of the season to lead the Browns to a division title and playoff berth in his first three starts as an NFL player.

That Couldn't Have Gone Much Worse For Johnny Manziel
Well, shit. Johnny Manziel made his first NFL start today, and it was about as thorough a mollywhopping as you'll see from the professionals.

Wallace Gilberry, Cincinnati Bengals facing 'just another quarterback' in Johnny Manziel |
The Cincinnati Bengals' defense will be the opposition in the first NFL start of Johnny Football. The Cleveland Browns have installed Johnny Manziel as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against their AFC North rivals. As he sat in front of his locker after practice on Thursday, Wallace Gilberry, Cincinnati's right defensive end, was asked what impressed him about Manziel.

Wallace Gilberry of Cincinnati Bengals flashes Johnny Manziel money sign after sacking Cleveland Browns QB - ESPN
Johnny Manziel flashes money signs when he reaches the end zone, but Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry beat him to it in the rookie's first NFL start. Gilberry sacked Manziel deep in the backfield on the Browns' second drive Sunday and displayed the quarterback's signature move to the FirstEnergy Stadium crowd.

Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0: The game as told by Twitter |
The Browns lost to the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, 30-0. It was the first career start for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Prior to the game and throughout the three frustrating hours, Twitter was as lively as always. Check out the Storify below and see how Twitter users were reacting to the ups -- well, the downs -- of Sunday's loss, including their reactions to Johnny Manziel's struggles.

Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert injured in loss to Cincinnati Bengals: Cleveland Browns Quick Hits |
The Browns secondary is dipping into its third string. Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert were injured in the first half of Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Bengals. They did not return. Haden suffered a shoulder injury and is to have an MRI on Monday. Gilbert was being examined for a head injury. The Browns did not disclose the severity of either injury.

Columnist: Browns rookie Johnny Manziel flops, but it wasn't all his fault  | Dallas Morning News
The Browns’ 22nd overall pick was horrible in his first NFL start. He held the ball too long. He admitted that a second-quarter interception in the end zone was a throw you don’t make in Pop Warner or playing in the driveway as a 6-year-old. Even on decent gains, like a 19-yard completion to Josh Gordon, his feet weren’t set, he was falling backwards and he still decided to float the ball over the Bengals’ line.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns - Recap - December 14, 2014 - ESPN
They chased him. They taunted him. They made him look scared. The Cincinnati Bengals dismantled Johnny Manziel. Woe, Johnny. Manziel spent his first NFL start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns lose to Cincinnati Bengals: Reaction from players, fans and media |
OK, that certainly sounds off-base to compare Manziel to a four-time Super Bowl winner and a Hall of Famer. Especially considering Manziel's rookie debut for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, in which he went 10-of-18 for 80 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.