Manziel characterized Saturday's performance as "better" than his Montreal debut.
Manziel's finished the game 16-for-26 for 168 yards, no touchdowns and perhaps most importantly, zero interceptions. Saturday's game saw QB Trevor Harris set new career highs in passing yards (487) and completions (44), but also saw the REDBLACKS offence turn the ball over five times, and despite the massive yardage advantage, need a last second touchdown from William Powell to seal the victory.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was 16-for-26 passing for 168 yards and almost ran for a 17-yard touchdown, but he fumbled and it was recovered by centre Kristian Matte for the major to give the Alouettes (1-7) a 16-11 lead in the third quarter. The former National Football League first-round pick threw four interceptions during his first competitive taste of the CFL last weekend.
With a smile, Manziel was quick to admit "anything" was better than his last outing.
"It sucks to lose the game, and I'm not sitting here saying I'm happy with the outcome of the game but as far as improvement we're close", he said.
Montreal sits last in the CFL's East Division, while Ottawa is on top - the only team in the division with a winning record.
Montreal is 1-7 this season and has won just once in 19 games going back a year. He threw a second-quarter interception Chris Ackie returned for a touchdown. He made a 33-yarder earlier in the quarter to cut Montreal's lead to 17-14.
The lone point scored by either team in a turnover-filled first quarter came after Montreal's Boris Bede booted a 57-yard punt into the Ottawa end zone for a single.