Johnny Manziel fares better in second CFL start, but Montreal still loses


For those wishing we would ignore Johnny Manziel, well, you’ll have to wait at least another week.

Manziel made his second start in the Canadian Football League with nowhere to go but up after a four-interception game in his Montreal Alouettes debut.

The former Heisman Trophy winner completed 16 of 26 passes for 168 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 36 yards on three carries, with one of those resulting in a touchdown after he fumbled into the end zone and a teammate recovered.

Still, the Alouettes lost to Ottawa 24-17, getting outgained 601 yards to 271. Ottawa scored with 15 seconds remaining after the Alouettes punted with 2:42 left.

Manziel was “humbled” by his former team a week ago, finishing 11-for-20 for 104 yards, with no touchdowns and four interceptions, plus two rushes for 4 yards, in a 47-3 loss to Hamilton.

15 responses to “Johnny Manziel fares better in second CFL start, but Montreal still loses

  1. Not sure on the concussion protocol in the CFL, but that hit he took on the fumble would have sent him to the showers in the NFL. He was definitely out for a second

  2. It was obvious he had improved from his first start. More confident in his decisions and a couple of dropped passes from his receivers didn’t help. He’s learning the talent level in the CFL is good and he’ll have to do a lot more than just show up.

  3. Johnny looked much more comfortable this week. Offensive line sucked as usual and receiver dropped 50 yard bomb that was a near perfect throw.

  4. Definitely played better. If he can get some O-line help and Montreal can get some reliable WRs, he’ll do fine. And stay healthy! Article fails to mention he appeared at first to come up woozy after the goal line hit and fumble.

  5. I saw part of the game and he played pretty well. Unfortunately the Montreal defense was virtually nonexistent even by CFL standards.

  6. “That Montreal team is Cleveland bad”

    Hey! Hey! Be nice to our friends north of the border!

    – Cleveland Fan

  7. “Hey! Hey! Be nice to our friends north of the border! – Cleveland Fan”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I wasn’t saying the city or the team has no future.

    I just wanted to express to the CFL ignorant mouthbreathers
    (who blindly attack Manziel at every chance) that his Montreal team
    is as bad as the Cleveland Browns of 1999 and 2000.

  8. ^^^
    Yup. I’ve been an Als fan for several years (and whatever team Drew Willy ends up…gotta support my alma mater) and they act like the Browns in a lot of ways.
    They have been progressively getting worse and worse talent. Constantly fire coaches and staff. Then keep hoping some upstart young (usually mobile QBs) talent will ‘save’ the team (like Rakeem Cato), temporarially do better with the switching, and then become a dumpster fire the rest of the season.

    It’s a team without a plan…like the Browns.
    I hope the Browns is at least changing the corner. Their talent is looking stronger (though from watching Hard Knocks, I don’t think much has changed in terms of the team finding themslves…).

  9. What’s the statue of limitations on connecting every body function Johnny does generating an alert in the Browns team channel?

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