NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass against tKansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 17-13. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports


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Johnny Manziel didn’t pass for much against the Chiefs, but he led the team in rushing with 108 yards. Isaiah Crowell added 88 yards on the ground, but it was all for nothing in a Browns’ losing effort. Kansas City rolled to a ninth straight victory, and Cleveland stayed in the hunt for the first overall pick.

The Browns did a lot right. They had 21 first downs to the Chiefs’ 16, had 368 total yards to 258, threw for more yards than the Chiefs (136-122) and rushed for more (232-136). They won the time of possession battle; both teams had a turnover each.

But Cleveland lost the game, because they couldn’t find a way into the end zone often enough. While the Browns put up more yards, they only scored one touchdown. Alex Smith threw two touchdowns for the Chiefs and they ended up winning by four points.

Will Manziel be the starting quarterback in 2016? That’s the ultimate question moving into the offseason. If they can fix this issue, they will be in a much better position to compete in the AFC North moving forward.

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