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Johnny Manziel differs from coach, says Russell Wilson a top-tier QB

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After watching Russell Wilson dissect the Cleveland Browns defense Sunday in a 30-13 win, Johnny Manziel seemed to make it clear that his opinion of the red-hot Seattle Seahawks signal-caller differs quite a bit from his head coach, Mike Pettine.

“In my opinion, I think Russell is a top-tier guy,” he said, via The Seattle Times. “He has 20 touchdowns and no interceptions, or shoot maybe even more, over the past five games. Find another guy around the league that’s doing that. There’s not many of them. There’s not five or 10, I know that.”

Actually, Wilson has 19 touchdowns and no interceptions in the Seahawks’ last five games, but Manziel’s argument nevertheless is sound.

Pettine made some waves last week ahead of his team’s showdown with the Seahawks when he argued that Wilson, despite his remarkable run of success early on his career, wasn’t quite yet among the top-tier of quarterbacks in the NFL. He quickly backtracked on his original assessment while clarifying his original remarks, saying his comments were misinterpreted.

Wilson went 21-of-30 passing for 249 yards in Seattle’s win over Cleveland, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 128.3 rating. With the phenomenal performance, Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least three touchdowns with no interceptions in five straight games, all Seahawks victories.

Manziel, meanwhile, didn’t have a great performance but played capably against Seattle’s vaunted defense in arguably the stiffest challenge of his NFL career, going 19-for-32 for 161 yards while throwing for a touchdown and an interception.

The Browns second-year quarterback, who is often compared to Wilson due to their similar size and mobility, said the Seahawks quarterback offered words of encouragement after the game.

“He said ‘good job,”’ he said, via Cleveland.com. “He said I’m getting better every time I get out there, and it’s fun to watch. It was fun to watch him play as well, so it was cool to just catch up for a little bit. I wish him nothing but the best.”

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