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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/23/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date & Time Friday August 23, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 43
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The Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Friday in NFL preseason action at Raymond James Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns are 2-0 in the preseason after bating the Colts on the road, 21-18. Garrett Gilbert and David Blough combined for 207 passing yards and three touchdowns. D'Ernest Johnson led the Browns with 53 yards on 10 carries, while D.J. Montgomery had 77 receiving yards on three receptions. Defensively, Sheldrick Redwine led the Browns with seven tackles, Eric Murray had one sack and Phillip Gaines had one tackle for loss. The Cleveland Browns have looked sharp in all three areas throughout the preseason and it only adds to what have been increased expectations of this franchise. While Baker Mayfield is clearly the future and present of the Browns at quarterback, Gilbert has thrown for 286 yards and two touchdowns in these games. The Browns may have found a rare reliable backup QB in the 28-year-old from SMU. The Cleveland Browns have won five of their last six preseason games.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-1 in preseason action after a last-second victory over the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert combined for 243 passing yards and one touchdown. Dare Ogunbowale led the Buccaneers with 34 yards on 13 carries, while Tanner Hudson had 93 receiving yards and one touchdown on six receptions. Defensively, Lukas Denis led the Buccaneers with five tackles, Patrick O'Connor had one sack and Demone Harris had two tackles for loss. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had both of their games come down to the final minutes, and the offense has produced a combined 49 first downs and has scored at least six points in four of their eight quarters. If nothing else, the Buccaneers have been an exciting preseason team up to this point. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have split their last six preseason games.

The Browns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buccaneers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on grass and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Browns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Browns last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Buccaneers last 6 games overall.

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the more impressive teams up to this point in the preseason and getting them in a game where the starters play longer, this should be a fun contest that tells us more about this improved franchise. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers absolutely torched the Dolphins secondary last week and got a feel good last-second victory that could have some carryover impact. Raymond James Stadium can be a tough place to play at times and that Florida humidity is sure to play a role in this game as well. While we cashed on the Browns last week and they're playing very well right now, I'm leaning toward the Bucs and the free points. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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