Well, at least we know the Cleveland Browns aren't the worst team in the NFL -- that title should now belong to the San Francisco 49ers. The Browns ended their seven-game losing streak with a dominating 24-10 effort over the 49ers. With QB Johnny Manziel back under center, Cleveland was able to shake off the negative feeling of being rolled by the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-3, last week. The Browns are now 3-10 on the season, and Manziel is 2-0 at home.
I predicted a big day for RB Isaiah Crowell, and he delivered. He had a 50-yard rush in the first half and a 54-yard rush in the second half. On both drives he had those runs, he was given an opportunity to finish the drive at the goal line and did so. Crowell finished the day with 20 carries for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was the Browns' first 100+ yard rusher since Week 4 of the 2014 season.
Cleveland only led 10-3 at the half, despite out-gaining the 49ers in yardage significantly. Cleveland was victimized by a fumble by RB Glenn Winston on his first career carry, K Travis Coons having a field goal blocked for the third straight week, and Manziel threw an interception inside of two minutes to go in the first half.
In the third quarter, Manziel finally finished another drive with Cleveland with a 2-yard touchdown pass to TE Gary Barnidge. That made it a 17-3 game, and then Crowell's aforementioned second big run helped set up his next touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 24-3. A later garbage time touchdown by the 49ers finished the game at 24-10.
- QB Johnny Manziel: 21-of-31 for 270 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
- RB Isaiah Crowell: 20 carries, 145 yards (7.3 YPC), 2 TD.
- RB Duke Johnson: 13 carries, 78 yards (6.0 YPC).
- WR Brian Hartline: 8 catches, 107 yards.
- TE Gary Barnidge: 5 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD.
- The Browns had a season-high 9 sacks. The sacks went to Armonty Bryant (2), Nate Orchard (2), Desmond Bryant (1.5), Donte Whitner (1), Christian Kirksey (1), Jordan Poyer (1), and Xavier Cooper (0.5).
- The Browns out-gained the 49ers 481 yards to 221 yards.