Johnny Manziel helps land NFL Network best-ever preseason ratings

Plenty of people are apparently interested in the Cleveland starting quarterback battle. (USATSI)
Plenty of people are apparently interested in the Cleveland starting quarterback battle. (USATSI)

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Hear ye, hear ye: if you put Johnny Manziel on national TV, ratings are probably going to be good. Like, really good. Like, maybe the best ever.

And thus, the Browns-Lions preseason game the NFL Network televised last weekend did just fine in the ratings.

To put that in perspective ...

Though Manziel certainly wasn't perfect vs. the Lions -- in my eyes, he was about as good as Brian Hoyer, who was decent but not spectacular -- he reportedly has pulled ahead of Hoyer in the race to land the starting quarterback job (even if coach Mike Pettine denies the report).

The Browns next preseason game will come vs. the Redskins next Monday where it will be televised nationally by ESPN.

And you can expect the ratings for preseason game No. 2 to be even higher. Mostly because Cleveland signed this guy Tuesday.

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