Final

Browns 23

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Redskins 24

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:00 PM ET, August 18, 2014

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 3 0 2023
WSH 0 7 7 1024

Top Performers

Passing: K. Cousins (WSH) - 145 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Tate (CLE) - 10 CAR, 51 YDS

Receiving: A. Roberts (WSH) - 2 REC, 54 YDS

Browns out of sync on offense in loss to Redskins

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer didn't make Mike Pettine's decision any easier. Good luck picking a starting quarterback after this mess, Coach.

Manziel struggled to hit open receivers and added another gesture to his repertoire -- a middle finger apparently aimed at the Washington Redskins' bench -- while Hoyer completed only two passes in five series. Neither the hot-shot rookie nor the nondescript sixth-year veteran looked ready to claim a No. 1 NFL gig, failing to live up to the big-time setting of a final audition in the Cleveland Browns' 24-23 Monday night loss to the Washington Redskins.

Pettine has said he plans to announce his regular season starter Tuesday. His choices are Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in the draft who completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and an touchdown, and Hoyer, who was 2 for 6 for 16 yards.

And those stats were padded by series against the Redskins' backups. In the first quarter -- when Washington's starters were in the game -- Manziel was 2 for 7 for 29 yards, while Hoyer was 0 for 2. Manziel was even mocked by Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who raised both hands and performed the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's "money" gesture after a sack by teammate Ryan Kerrigan.

Manziel appeared to have a message of his own for the Redskins. He raised the middle finger of his right hand as he jogged away from the Washington sideline after a play late in the third quarter.

To be fair, the first two passes by Hoyer could be classified as drops by his receivers, but he also failed to move the team when an interception gave the Browns the ball at Washington's 15 in the second quarter. After a running play and two incompletions, including a pass high and through the hands of Andrew Hawkins in the end zone, Cleveland had to settle for a field goal.

Looking for a hint as to which way Pettine is leaning? It's worth noting that Hoyer started for the second consecutive game and played mostly with the first-team offense, while Manziel was sent out with the backups to play in the second half. Manziel took advantage by leading a 16-play, 68-yard drive capped by an 8-yard pass to Dion Lewis for Cleveland's first touchdown.

In a sloppy game that included 21 penalties and five turnovers, anyone using a nickname like "Johnny Football" at times seemed like an insult to the sport. The Browns were particularly susceptible to the NFL's new emphasis on hindering receivers: Cleveland's defense was whistled five times for holding or illegal contact in the first quarter alone, including twice on one play.

The Redskins don't have a quarterback competition, but their former Heisman winner -- Robert Griffin III -- also needs some work to get to regular season form. He finished 6 for 8 for 112 yards, including an unwise off-balance throw that was picked off by Joe Haden. RG3's three drives ended with a fumbled pitch by Alfred Morris, the interception, and a goal-line stuff by the Browns defense when Morris was unable to punch it on four runs from first-and-goal from the 3.

The designed runs are being marginalized under new Redskins coach Jay Gruden, but Griffin was nevertheless hit hard several times as he scrambled four times for 24 yards.

At least the game had an exciting ending. Connor Shaw hit Emmanuel Ogbuehi on a 45-yard Hail Mary at time expired. The Browns' 2-point conversion attempt failed.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
WSH
1st Downs2025
Passing 1st downs
1013
Rushing 1st downs
46
1st downs from penalties
66
3rd down efficiency
5-125-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays6368
Total Yards286429
Yards per play4.56.3
Total Drives1111
Passing186312
Comp-Att
17-3120-35
Yards per pass
5.28.4
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-182-18
Rushing100117
Rushing Attempts
2731
Yards per rush
3.73.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-4
Penalties10-5411-100
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:5832:02

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Shaw8/912313.7101-5
Manziel7/16654.1103-7
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cousins12/211456.9111-9
Griffin6/811214.0011-9

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Tate10515.1019
West8313.907
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Seastrunk7355.0012
Morris11292.6011

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Ogbuehi14545.0145
Gabriel33511.7022
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roberts25427.0049
Grant44411.0115

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCLEWSH
cleFG4:58Billy Cundiff 29 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:01
30
wshTD0:23Evan Royster 2 Yd Run (Kai Forbath Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 1:42
37
THIRD QUARTERCLEWSH
wshTD10:39Ryan Grant 14 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Zach Hocker Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 4:21
314
FOURTH QUARTERCLEWSH
cleTD13:33Dion Lewis 8 Yd pass from Johnny Manziel (Billy Cundiff Kick)
Drive info: 16 plays, 68 yds, 8:15
1014
cleTD12:19Jim Leonhard 19 Yd Interception Return (Billy Cundiff Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays, -6 yds, 1:14
1714
wshFG9:51Kai Forbath 26 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 53 yds, 2:28
1717
wshTD2:01Nick Williams 30 Yd pass from Colt McCoy (Zach Hocker Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 56 yds, 3:23
1724
cleTD0:00Emmanuel Ogbuehi 45 Yd pass from Connor Shaw (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 2:01
2324