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Johnny Manziel to the rescue for the Cleveland Browns

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This is probably not the scenario the Cleveland Browns wanted, or expected, to be in this season.

A 2-6 record, controversy at quarterback and plenty of questions to answer about poor draft picks and mismanagement from a fan base who are still waiting for their first playoff berth since 1999.

Welcome to what has become the norm in Ohio for the Browns, a team that now must rely on Johnny Manziel to rescue the side from a season that is fading fast.

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Manziel will start on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals - who are 7-0 and one of four unbeaten teams left in the NFL. The odds are stacked against Manziel in this case, but the former Texas A&M star may enjoy the opportunity to become the 'comeback kid' as a player looking to prove he is still worthy of being a first-round draft pick.

This is the type of game that could make Manziel a hero, rather than a scapegoat, as there is nothing to lose against the undefeated Bengals.

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If a vote of confidence means anything, then Manziel just got one from head coach Mike Pettine, who thinks the talented upstart could help the Browns make a serious move in the AFC North. Pettine had better hope so, as the seat in his office might be slightly warm right about now.

"He's got some stuff to be cleaned up, but if you'd asked me this a year ago, I would've been like, 'It's a great mystery; I have no idea where this guy is gonna be.' And if I were to handicap it, I'd maybe be at 50-50 with this guy, and that'd be generous," Pettine told the media on Tuesday evening. "This year, I'm a lot more confident that if you surround him with the right people, he can be successful."

Should Manziel pull off an upset on Thursday night, there may be more than police blotters and rumors to talk about concerning the former Heisman Trophy winner. There would also be some positive press about the Browns for a change, something everyone associated with the franchise would dearly love.

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