He thought it might be just a bruise, exactly the injury mindset every player embraces when hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. And then Andy Dalton could not pick up a football on the Paul Brown Stadium sideline before X-rays revealed a bone fracture in his right, throwing hand.
It was on the Cincinnati Bengals’ first offensive drive, a clever one that rolled to the Pittsburgh Steelers 4. Dalton was intercepted, tried to make the tackle, cracked his hand and the Steelers then splintered the Bengals 33-20.
The Bengals on Sunday afternoon looked to clinch the AFC North title. Not only did they fail, they lost their quarterback.
Game Mens Tre Jackson Jersey Manziel finished with 270 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, completing 21 of 31 passes on the day. He connected with Brian Hartline eight times for 107 yards, making it the first time since 2009 that the Browns finished with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game.
In the last 30 seasons, the Browns have finished a year with a 1,000-yard rusher just four times. The last was Peyton Hillis in 2010 and it was Jamal Lewis in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008 before that. Top draft selections like Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Terrance West and William Green haven’t panned out for the Browns and have stunted the team’s ability to establish the run.
Crowell might be right that running the ball more could’ve led to more victories earlier in the year, but it might be up to Manziel to lead the team to some wins to round out the year.
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The right decision in almost every case is resting your starters for Week 17 if you have a franchise quarterback whoâ€™s got full control of the offense. The decision becomes more delicate when you have to consider the factors listed above. In the end, as always, the staff will do whatâ€™s best for their players.