Johnny Manziel Struggles, Throws Pick in Alouettes' Blowout Loss to Winnipeg

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2018

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes runs with the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 50-11.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The Montreal Alouettes fell to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 31-14 at Investors Group Field on Friday night as Johnny Manziel made his first start since suffering a concussion in mid-August. 

Manziel, who drew the start over Antonio Pipkin, finished 18-of-25 passing for 212 yards and one interception and found it hard to find a rhythm in the face of constant pressure from Winnipeg's front. 

The Blue Bombers (6-7) racked up five sacks against an overwhelmed Alouettes offensive line, and Craig Roh picked up three as he relished the opportunity to send Manziel tumbling to the turf: 

With big gains through the air largely elusive, Montreal had to get creative in pursuit of a comeback after falling behind 21-6. 

In the third quarter, that meant running a jet sweep throwback to Manziel for a 22-yard pickup: 

Five players later, Pipkin came in and plunged into the end zone to help cut the deficit to single digits: 

However, the fireworks stopped there. 

Although Manziel and the Alouettes had a couple chances to knot the proceedings at 21, they couldn't generate the traction necessary to sustain a drive down the stretch. 

Now 3-10, the Alouettes will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they return to the field Sept. 30 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders

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