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Several historical obstacles stand in the way of the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of their key matchup against the Denver Broncos.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- One game. One hard-to-forget, miserable game Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel would change if he could.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.
Well, well, look who made an appearance at football practice on Wednesday. A mere eight days after he was in a frightening car accident, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth . [ Join FanDuel.com's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] Is it possible that Newton could play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns? Pump the breaks there — part of this is the Panthers seeing where Newton is with his transverse process injury he suffered in the crash. But it has to be tremendously encouraging that Newton is even in a place where he can go through basic practice movements, which would give the Panthers a lift as they remain in the thick of the NFC South race . Derek Anderson is 2-0 in his two replacements starts for Newton, although we feel compelled to add a tony asterisk to his mark considering both games were against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, Anderson has completed an impressive 65 of 97 passes this season for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17, a game that could decide the South division. Atlanta, by the way, is Newton's hometown, so it will be fascinating to see if he can return for that game if he doesn't play this weekend against the Browns. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Johnny Manziel's first career start couldn't have gone much worse, but the slumping Cleveland Browns are sticking with him.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar's harsh condemnation of the team's front office ''a little dramatic.''
Raymond Summerlin examines which players saw their fantasy football stock rise and fall in Week 15 of the NFL season.
We learned a lot about Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in his first NFL start. And we saw how much he has to work on. Manziel showed some physical limitations and fundamental flaws against the Cincinnati Bengals. Immediately evident (and could be seen on detailed film study) is that Manziel has an average arm by NFL standards. Manziel needs functional space and a clean pocket to step up into throws and drive the ball. He works hard to put velocity on his throws. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] The problem is Manziel didn’t want to stay in the pocket. He lacks any feel for it, has almost no pocket patience and discipline and is quick to move and play “random football” outside of the structure of the offense. The Bengals used a “mush rush” concept a number of times with an inside rusher staying at the line of scrimmage to prevent Manziel from escaping vertically and making plays running the ball. And Manziel produced little in the passing game. Both of his interceptions were prime examples of his issues at this point. His first interception came in the second quarter. The Browns had a post/cross route combination against the Bengals’ Cover 3 zone. Josh Gordon’s post route lifted the front-side cornerback and the single-high safety, allowing Andrew Hawkins to be wide open on the crossing route. Manziel looked for a split second to his right, losing his downfield focus (Manziel didn't see things clearly; you could tell by his head, he didn’t have what you'd call a "calm helmet") and then drifted to his left. He threw the ball with no base or balance and the ball came out with nothing on it. It had poor location behind Hawkins too. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick picked it off.
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