Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta looks ahead to Sunday's matchup at CenturyLink Field, when Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns come to town.
Game time: 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
TV: Fox (Ch. 13).
2015 record: 3-10, last in the AFC North.
By the numbers
Tackles this season by Danny Shelton, the former Washington and Auburn High star who is in his rookie year with the Browns after being taken with the 12th pick of the first round.
Sacks this season for former Washington State defensive end Xavier Cooper, including a half sack Sunday.
Consecutive weeks kicker Travis Coons — who played at UW — has had a kick blocked.
Coach: Mike Pettine.
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The series: Seahawks lead it 11-6, but the Browns have won the past two, both in Cleveland. That includes the most recent meeting, a 6-3 Browns victory in 2011. The Browns have been to CenturyLink Field only once, a 34-7 Seattle win in 2003.
Early line: Seahawks by 14.
QB Johnny Manziel: Johnny Football shrugged off the controversy that has followed him throughout his second season in the NFL to play maybe the best game of his career in Sunday’s 24-10 win over the 49ers, which broke a seven-game losing streak. Manziel showed increased patience in the pocket and better decision-making aside from one across-the-body throw that was intercepted. The Seahawks have had issues at times this season with mobile quarterbacks, and Manziel’s athleticism could make for some interesting moments Sunday.
RB Isaiah Crowell: A 5-foot-11, 225-pounder in his second year out of Alabama State, Crowell is coming off the best game of his career with 145 yards, including two runs of 50 yards or longer. Pro Football Focus judged that Crowell had 99 yards after contact against the 49ers. That was the most by a Browns player since Peyton Hillis in 2010. Crowell fumbled three times in 148 carries last season but doesn’t have any in 145 this year.
TE Gary Barnidge: Given the Seahawks’ season-long issues with tight ends, the 30-year-old from Louisville will be one to watch. Barnidge is having a breakout season with 65 receptions for 901 yards and eight touchdowns. He is coming off one of his better games against the 49ers on Sunday when he had five receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also is regarded as a solid run blocker.
WR Terrelle Pryor: The former Ohio State star quarterback who had a stint with the Seahawks in the preseason in 2014 is making the transition to receiver and played for the first time at that position in a regular-season game Sunday. Pryor played 16 snaps but did not have a ball thrown his way.
Cleveland’s keys to success: The Browns have been largely a train wreck in the second year under Pettine, due in part to the ongoing Manziel quarterback soap opera. But Manziel is coming off maybe the best game of his career, as are the Browns, having dominated the 49ers on Sunday. Cleveland’s nine sacks were the most in the NFL this season and most for the Browns since 1993. Cleveland also had 230 yards rushing, the most since 2010. Pettine has said he wants to build the Browns with a strong running game. But Cleveland had rushed for 100 or more yards just four times before Sunday with a season-high of 116. Cleveland had one big loss Sunday, as receiver Brian Hartline suffered a broken collarbone that will sideline him for the season. Hartline had eight catches for 107 yards against the 49ers before being injured and had 30 catches in his past four games. As might be expected of a 3-10 team, the Browns have fairly middling stats across the board, ranking 26th in total defense, allowing 385.2 yards per game, and 21st in total offense at 342.3. The Browns also have allowed 43 sacks, third-most in the NFL.