Browns-Buccaneers Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND (2-3-1) at TAMPA BAY (2-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 4-2, Tampa Bay 2-3
SERIES RECORD - Browns lead 6-3
LAST MEETING - Browns beat Buccaneers 22-17, Nov. 2, 2014
LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Chargers 38-14; Buccaneers lost to Falcons 34-29
AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 24, Buccaneers No. 25
BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (5), PASS (22).
BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (29), PASS (20).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (31), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (5), PASS (32).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Browns coming off 24-point blowout loss after first five games decided by four points or less. ... Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield completed just 48 percent (22 of 46) last week and called loss "worst" of career. ... Mayfield was sacked five times and guilty of holding on to ball too long. ... Mayfield hoping to improve connection with WR Jarvis Landry, who had season-low two catches last week for 11 yards. ... Browns WRs depleted by injuries. Breshad Perriman, 2015r first-round pick of Baltimore, expected to make debut with Cleveland after being signed last week. ... Browns Pro Bowl MLB Joe Schobert out with hamstring injury. This will be first game missed — at any level — due to injury. ... LB Christian Kirksey will slide into Schobert's spot with Browns using rotation on outside based on personnel packages. ... Browns still looking for ways to get rookie RB Nick Chubb more carries. He's averaging 10.8 yards on 16 attempts with two TDs. ... RB Duke Johnson had 109 yards from scrimmage last week and becoming bigger part of game plan. ... Browns haven't won in Tampa Bay since 1989, losing previous two visits in 2002 and 2010. ... Browns lead NFL with 16 takeaways, three more than all last season. ... Bucs have thrown for 1,842 yards through five games, third-most passing yards up to that point in single season behind 2000 Rams (1,973) and 2013 Broncos (1,869). ... QB Jameis Winston makes second start since returning from three-game suspension for violating league's personal conduct policy. He's coming off 395-yard, four-TD, two-interception performance in five-point loss to Atlanta. ... Bucs' defense 29th in sacks with nine. DE Jason Pierre-Paul leads team with five. ... WRs DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in receiving yards per game at 100.2 and 96.8. ... Fantasy tip: Browns TE David Njoku had career-high seven catches and TD last week. Browns love his size and want to use him as target in red zone. After slow start, Bucs TE Cameron Brate has TD reception in past three games. Winston has knack for finding him near goal line.
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