CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will get the start over the injured Josh McCown on Thursday Night Football against the 7-0 Cincinnati Bengals. Manziel made his first career start against the Bengals last season, and it's a start he is not proud of.
In his first career start, Manziel threw for 80 yards on 10/18 throwing and threw two interceptions. In addition, Manziel was sacked three times. The Browns lost to the Bengals 30-0 on their final home game of the 2014 season.
"I'm excited about the opportunity. Starting against the Titans seems like such a long time ago, but I've been in games for the last two weeks and with every opportunity I get, I try to make the most of them. I feel like I've gotten two solid days of reps with the first team on this short week so I'm confident that I will be prepared and ready to go tomorrow night," Manziel said in a statement on starting vs. the Bengals.
Who will Manziel throw to? The only four wide receivers that are healthy is Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Dwayne Bowe and Marlon Moore. Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins have been ruled OUT for Thursday's game against the Bengals due to concussion.
When it rains it pours, and concussions have been poured on the Browns because they will also be without two Pro Bowl defensive backs, Joe Haden and Donte Whitner due to concussions they suffered from against the Cardinals last Sunday. Haden has now suffered from two concussions in a three week span.
What to look for:
Last year the Browns and Bengals played on Thursday night football, Brian Hoyer led the Browns to a 24-3 win in Paul Brown Stadium. The Browns have won their last two primetime games, both were on Thursday.
The Browns defense will have their hands full as the Bengals are clicking on all cylinders. A.J. Green is picking up steam, and the emergence of a healthy Tyler Eifert has the passing game running flawlessly. The Bengals are still going with a two back system with Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard. Hill gets the majority of the carriers, with Bernard being on the field during most passing downs.
The game kicks off at 8:25 P.M. on Cleveland 19.
Tailgate 19 with Bernie Kosar will be on Cleveland 19 at 7:00 P.M. Joining Zarrella and Kosar will be Bob Golic, Hanford Dixon and Chuck Booms.