Tuesday December 16th, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant were the two most-mentioned players on Twitter during Week 15 of the NFL season (Dec. 11-15), Twitter data shows.

Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots rounded out the top five.

Manziel made the first start of his NFL career on Sunday, but struggled in a 30-0 loss to the Browns. Playing in place of Brian Hoyer, Manziel went 10-of-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions.

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Bryant was critical in the Cowboys' key NFC East victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, catching six passes for a game-high 114 yards and three touchdowns. The win moved Dallas to 10-4, creating a one-game cushion between the Cowboys and Eagles in the division entering the final two weeks of the regular season.

The Cowboys-Eagles game was also the most tweeted-about game of the week, as measured in tweets per minute by Nielsen Social. The end of the game was also the week's most tweeted-about moment, as Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass with 1:50 remaining to seal the game.

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Other heavily tweeted-about moments of the week were the end of the Buffalo Bills' 21-13 upset victory over the Green Bay Packers, Bengals defensive back Adam Jones' interception of Manziel in the first half of the Cincinnati-Cleveland game and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's third interception of the game vs. the New Orleans Saints. The Saints won, 31-15.

Mike Fiammetta

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