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Johnny Manziel leads Browns’ upset hopes against Cincinnati

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Johnny Manziel, trying to give the Cleveland Browns some reason to hope, has his opportunity Thursday night.

Manziel and the Cleveland Browns play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle of Ohio on “Thursday Night Football.” Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner whose pro career has been defined by controversy, starts for the injured Josh McCown. Unfortunately for Manziel, the last time he played against the Bengals, he lost 30-0.

His job will be a difficult one this time, too, as he plays against the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have gotten steady play from their own quarterback in Andy Dalton. The Bengals are one of four unbeaten teams in the NFL, and take comfort in that the last 32 teams to be 7-0 have made the playoffs.

For the year, Cleveland is only 2-6.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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