Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/26/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/26/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns (1-15) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

NFL Football: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3 -- Over/Under: 42 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Saturday in NFL preseason action at Raymond James Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns are 2-0 in the preseason and are fresh off a 10-6 win over the New York Giants. DeShone Kizer completed eight of 13 passes for 74 yards and rushed for a touchdown, Cody Kessler completed all seven of his passes for 50 yards. In the victory, Duke Johnson Jr. had 28 yards on nine carries while Corey Coleman and Matthew Dayes combined for 58 receiving yards on seven receptions. Defensively, Joe Schobert led the Browns with six tackles, Myles Garrett had one sack and Christian Kirksey had one tackle for loss. The Cleveland Browns have to love what they’ve seen from a defense that’s allowed a combined 20 points in their first two preseason games. While many are quick to dismiss the Browns as a good football team, you can’t deny the way they’ve played in their first couple of exhibition games for whatever it’s worth. 


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-1 in preseason and are coming off a 12-8 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jameis Winston played the bulk of the game, completing 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards, so it will be interesting to see how many reps he gets in this preseason game. Peyton Barber and Jeremy McNichols combined for 74 rushing yards on 20 carries while Mike Evans produced 57 receiving yards on five receptions. The Bucs have combined for 24 points in their first two preseason games. Defensively, Adarius Glanton led the Buccaneers with six tackles, Lavonte David had one sack and Kendell Beckwith had two tackles for loss. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to be pleased with their overall defensive efforts halfway through the preseason.

The Browns are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Buccaneers are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games, 21-45-1 ATS in their last 67 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Browns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

I've been on the Browns both games this preseason due to so much playing time open, it increases the level of play and usually produces good results. The problem for the Browns is that this is a quick turnaround considering they just played Monday night. The lack of a full week of rest is even tougher when playing in Florida where the humidity is no joke. Also, the third preseason game is when the startersplay the bulk of the reps, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a darkhorse contender in the NFC, head and shoulders better than the Browns. This is a bad spot for Cleveland, so I'll lay the field goal with Tampa Bay. 


Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.