Browns-Ravens 'MNF' matchup historic for wrong reason


During last Monday night's tilt between the Patriots and Bills, ESPN repeatedly ran a promo hyping tonight's matchup between the Ravens and Browns as a Johnny Manziel explosion of the senses. ESPN's sales hook went out the window days later, when Manziel picked up the Dom and lost his grip on a starting job.

Every game, all season

Manziel's banishment leaves football fans with two backup QBs (Schaub! McCown! Glory!) playing for AFC North teams with a combined record of 5-15. According to the Elias Sport Bureau, the .250 combined winning percentage is tied for third-worst for a Monday Night Football matchup at least 10 games into a season.


Curious how the wizards in Bristol would audible out of their predicament, we checked in on ESPN's MNF Twitter handle to see how they're selling the game in a post-Johnny world. What's that expression about making chicken salad?

We all know the NFL has become an unstoppable ratings titan in recent years, so consider Ravens-Browns the ultimate test of the league's drawing power. Best-case scenario, these two teams play a competitive game and Jon Gruden is in a punchy mood. It's still football, right?