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Cleveland store shows Manziel has already fallen in Cleveland?

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Sunday in week 15 of the NFL season was scheduled to be one of the most intriguing of the entire year.

There were many interesting stories and matches set to take place, from the Philadelphia Eagles contest with the Dallas Cowboys to the several different division clinching scenarios.

There was however one story that everyone around the league was eager to watch despite where they lived or who they supported.

The starting debut of Cleveland Browns rookie Quarterback Johnny Manziel in their divisional match against the Cincinnati Bengals.

It was Johnny Football's big day and everyone wanted to see what would happen when he was let loose on the NFL for a whole game.


Well the answer was to guide the Browns to 30-0 loss and throw just 117 yards with an interception and two sacks.

Following the humiliating debut for Manziel, many have already started questioning the most hyped rookie in this year's draft class.

Proof that Manzielmania may already be over in Cleveland has come in the form of one Cleveland shop.

Dick's Sporting Goods store in Strongsville, Ohio have slashed their price on a Manziel T-shirt by 50% following the game with Cincinnati.

Manziel quickly became one of the most purchased jerseys in the NFL after his arrival in Cleveland but clearly the honeymoon period is over.

Manzielmania has failed?

All eyes were expectedly on Manziel on Sunday and he choked harder than Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLVIII, but does that mean that Manziel is doomed to fail?

The rookie Quarterback has been reflecting on his first ever shut out performance and has reflected his struggles from Sunday off the field.

"Played in a lot of games, through high school and through college. Never been shut out, so it's definitely tough." - Manziel on Sunday's game

Browns head coach Mike Pettine however has come to the defense of his newest coaching decision.

"It's very unfair to judge what somebody's career is going to look like off their first NFL start," 

Pettine was bold to take Manziel above Brian Hoyer - the man who had led the Browns to a 7-6 record.

Cleveland had lost their last two games under Hoyer and that prompted a start for Manziel on the day the Browns lost major ground in the AFC North.

The Bengals now top the division on 9-4-1 whilst the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens lie on 9-5 and are ahead of the Browns on 7-7.

Due to the tie the Bengals had with the Carolina Panthers, the Browns can no longer win the AFC North and it will take a miracle for them to seal a wildcard slot.

At 7-7, they will require the Ravens and Steelers to both lose their two remaining games and the Browns will need two wins or suffer another year without play-off football.

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