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Monday, Sept. 15
By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a second win with a 24-17 triumph over Kansas City on Sunday. Earlier, quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.
By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots bounced back from their opening loss to beat Minnesota 30-7 and the Dallas Cowboys also got their first win with a 26-10 victory over Tennessee.
Mark Ingram established the ground game, but it wasn't enough to avoid a narrow loss for the Saints against the Browns, 26-24, in Cleveland.
The Browns nipped the Saints, 26-24, at home.
Maybe Mike Pettine had the right idea when he named Brian Hoyer his starting quarterback. Hoyer led the Cleveland Browns on a 14-play, 85-yard drive in the final minutes before Billy Cundiff drilled a game-winning 29-yard field goal in a 26-24 victory against the New Orleans Saints, delivering the first victory of Pettine's NFL head coaching career. While Johnny Manziel made his first appearance in a few pistol plays designed for the first-round pick, it was Hoyer who helped send the Saints to 0-2 for the second time in three years. Hoyer's 28-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds remaining set up Cundiff's game-winner. The sixth-year QB also completed a key 10-yard pass to tight end Gary Barnidge on fourth-and-6 from his own 38 in the final minute. After nearly leading the Browns to a come-from-behind victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, Hoyer had another solid outing against the Saints, completing 24-of-40 attempts for 204 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin that gave Cleveland a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Playing without running back Ben Tate, who suffered a right knee injury in Week 1, the Browns got 68 yards on 19 carries and a 9-yard touchdown run from Terrance West that gave them a 23-17 lead late in the third quarter. The Saints regained the lead on running back Mark Ingram's 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter, but Cleveland's defensive effort — highlighted by Tashaun Gipson's 62-yard second-quarter interception return for a touchdown — kept Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans offense in check down the stretch. That set the stage for Hoyer, whose game-winning drive will keep Manziel on the sidelines for at least another week — if not more.
We've been awaiting the "Johnny Manziel package" for weeks now. Ladies and gentlemen, now we have it. Manziel first entered the game for the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. [ Join FanDuel's 1-week fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 4,985 teams get paid Monday ] His first touch was a pistol formation read-option play, where Manziel handed off to fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell for a 3-yard gain. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer came back into the game, but Manziel received another taste of regular-season action on the following drive. Manziel's handoff to Crowell this time went for minus-3 yards. On the next play, Manziel — again in the pistol — scrambled around and gave us our first true Manziel moment: He evaded pressure nicely and rolled to his right, firing a nice pass to fullback Ray Agnew on the sideline. Agnew dropped it. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: It's still not too late to join a league today! ] After sitting out in Week 1, Manziel got on the field and brought a little spice to the field, even if his contributions were somewhat minimal. The Browns won 26-24. - - - - - - - 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 has made his NFL regular-season debut, coming off the bench for the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter Sunday against New Orleans. The hyped rookie quarterback replaced starter Brian Hoyer and handed the ball off to Isaiah Crowell for a 3-yard gain before returning to the sideline. Manziel received a loud ovation from Cleveland fans, some of whom have been clamoring for him to start since the Browns selected him in the first round. Cleveland has a package of plays designed for the mobile Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M. Manziel showed some flashes of promise during the exhibition season, but was unable to unseat Hoyer as Cleveland's starter.
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