Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Bryce Brown (36) rushes against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Cleveland, 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Rapid Reaction: Second Half
It is never a good thing when your own players fight with each other. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened between the third and fourth quarters. Cornerback Charles Gaines and safety Donte Whitner were caught arguing on the sidelines, culminating in a shove from Gaines on the veteran Whitner.
It is easy to understand their frustration, coming into the game with a 3-10 record and a vastly overpaid defense. I would imagine Whitner was saying something about Gaines’ multiple uninspired tackle attempts. Those uninspired tackle attempts occurred during a Seahawks drive that ended with a 27 yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Tyler Lockett on the first play of the fourth quarter.
We had a Bowe sighting! He actually recorded two catches in the fourth quarter with the score 30-13 in favor of the Seahawks. Really, Bowe is only active because of the injuries to fellow wide receivers Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins and the fact that no other Browns receiver is left on the roster. It’s insane to think that Bowe hasn’t been cut yet, even with the guaranteed money.
Manziel threw an interception late in the fourth, trying to make a play while doing what he could to extend a possession. It wasn’t a good throw which was directed to Bowe, who was flanked by three Seahawk defenders. On the other hand, Manziel made a lot of plays on his own today while multiple receivers made crucial drops at big moments.
Ultimately, the Browns simply got grounded down in the fourth quarter. The Lockett touchdown to cap off a 10 play, 96 yard drive took the air out of a defense that competed most of the game. We’ll cover the play count and time of possession later, but spoiler alert, it’s pretty lopsided.
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