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, the Browns provide a wonderful opportunity for a bounce-back performance, but this Browns team is different.Outside the beating from the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6, two of Cleveland’s three losses have been decided by a total of six points. If they catch the Bucs napping, then it will be anyone’s game. OverviewAll-time series: Cleveland leads the all-time regular season series, 6-3, with the Browns winning the most recent contest between the teams, 22-17, in 2014. The Bucs are 2-3 at home and 1-3 on the road. Longest win streak: The Browns won five in a row from 1976-1995.Winston has to cut down on the turnovers this week.Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsLargest victory: Tampa Bay suffered a 20-0 defeat at the hands of Cleveland in 1983.2018 offensive and defensive rankings: Tampa Bay is holding strong with the second-best offense in the league (2nd pass Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-Shirt
, 31st run) and are still ranked 31st in total defense (32nd pass, 5th run). Cleveland currently ranks 20th in total offense (22nd pass, 5th run) and 28th in total defense (20th pass, 29th run).What to watch for:Baker Mayfield vs. the Bucs: Tampa Bay is an absurd 1-10 against rookie quarterbacks since 2010. That is by far and away the worst record in the league. Can they reverse their recent misfortunes this week?No GMC, No Vinny Curry: Who will step up for the Bucs on the defensive line?Mark Duffner’s defense: Can Duffner improve the porous defense?Duke Johnson Jr. the dual threat: Tampa Bay has been stout against the run, but they are among the worst teams in the league when it comes to defending pass-catching backs.Jameis Winston: He will need to build off of a very solid performance in Atlanta if the Bucs want to win this game. Impact Players:Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: The heartbeat of the offense. The offensive line: This group will need to come up big against Gregg Williams’ exotic defense. WR Chris Godwin: The second-year player has lived up to expectations so far and will be needed in a big way this weekend. DE Jason Pierre-Paul: With McCoy and Curry out, JPP will be needed more than ever. DT Vita Vea: On this list for the second week in a row, Vea must make an impact this week. MLB Kwon Alexander: With Duffner now the head of the defense Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats
, the linebackers should be in a featured role from here on out.Alexander has to make his presence felt against the Browns.Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsCleveland QB Baker Mayfield: The talented rookie will need to step up his game this weekend and he has a prime chance to do so. RBs Duke Johnson Jr./Nick Chubb: Carlos Hyde is gone. Cleveland is one of the best teams in the league when it comes to running the football. WR Antonio Callaway: Another rookie that will be leaned upon in this game. DE Myles Garrett: He is a game-wrecker and must be contained this week.LB Jamie Collins Sr.: He can line up anywhere in the front seven. CB Denzel Ward: The fourth overall pick in the 2018 season has been up-and-down, but will be a focal point this week. Will the Bucs be able to find success against Ward?David Dermer-USA TODAY SportsCool Stats:The Buccaneers have 1,842 passing yards through the first five games and need 434 more to pass the artists formerly known as the St. Louis Rams (2,275 in 2000) for the most passing yards through six games in NFL history.Brate has caught a touchdown in each of the past three games. With a touchdown reception against Cleveland, he will match the franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch, last accomplished by Chris Godwin earlier this season.Evans has 15 career 100-yard receiving games and needs one more to pass Mark Carrier for the most-such games in team history.Evans has 484 receiving yards through five games. He needs 61 more to pass Vincent Jackson (544 in 2013) for fourth-most, 62 more to pass his own mark from 2016 (545) for third-most, 102 more to pass Vincent Jackson (586 in 2012) for second-most and 127 more to pass Keyshawn Johnson (610 in 2001) for the most receiving yards by a Buccaneers player through the team’s six games of the season. (Note: teammate DeSean Jackson has 501 receiving yards this season).Winston has three career games with at least four touchdown passes Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie
, tied for the most in team history. He needs one more to pass Brad Johnson (four from 2001-03) for the most such games in team history.*stats provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications DepartmentGame OutlookThe Bucs find themselves in dire straights, reeling from a three-game losing streak and facing off against a feisty team looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss. Tampa Bay is the favorite, but if they don’t find a way to stop the bleeding on defense then they could easily lose this game. If you’re a betting person, don’t take this game. Tampa Bay had arguably its most disappointing loss of the season last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The offense was anemic, the defense was picked apart, and the special teams wasn’t anything to write home about. However, as slim as they may be, there were a few positives. Peyton Barber had one his best games of the entire year behind a strong effort from the offensive line against one of the top defenses in the NFL. And Vita Vea was one of the few defensive linemen with a pulse against the Ravens.Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s running game made Tampa Bay look a step too slow all game. Whether it was misdirection or the option Youth Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys
, the Bucs defense basically had no answers on a dreary Sunday. Jameis Winston is also looking for answers following another sub-par performance from his offensive line. Winners1. Peyton BarberBarber was one of the few Bucs to find success against the Ravens tough defense. He finished with 19 carries for 85 yards while scoring early in the second quarter to give Tampa Bay its only touchdown of the day. It was the former Auburn’s star fifth touchdown of the season. He has five of the teams 10 scores on the ground in 2018 and five of the six touchdowns by a running back. The 85 rushing yards tied for his second best output of the season. 2. Vita VeaAll season, Tampa Bay has received backlash for selecting Vita Vea over Derwin James in the 2018 NFL Draft. While the criticism is deserved, James will likely win DROY while manning the Los Angeles defense. However, Vea showed flashes of what his future could hold against Baltimore.The rookie defensive tackle recorded a career-high nine tackles and was dominant on the defensive front all day when the rest of his unit was getting manhandled. I also thought he did a great job in pursuing plays. If Vea can keep up this level of play, he makes Gerald McCoy expendable.McCoy is owed $13 million next season and the veteran defensive tackle is signed through 2021. Getting his contract off the books would give the Bucs the luxury to upgrade somewhere else. 3. Mike Evans Evans continued to have success during the best season of his career. He caught four passes for 121 yards but he was held out of the end zone for the fourth straight game.The veteran wide receiver had a 64-yard catch and run in the second quarter to set up a Tampa Bay field goal. He’s been a steady option on offense all year. Losers1. Rushing defenseThe Buccaneers got ripped to shreds by Baltimore’s running game. The Ravens rushed for 242 yards as a team and made timely plays all game. They converted 9/16 third down attempts while accruing 12 plays of ten yards or more in what was a long day for this defense. Whether it was Lamar Jackson or Gus Edwards, the Bucs couldn’t plug a hole all day. They were outmatched and out of position all game. 2. Pass protectionWhile Tampa Bay finally found some consistent success on the ground, the passing game was a mess all day. Despite Baltimore getting just one sack during the contest, on the first drive nevertheless www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com
, the pressure forced Jameis Winston out of a rhythm.The former Florida State star didn’t complete a pass over seven yards until his tenth throw of the afternoon found Evans for a 23-yard gain. All in all, Winston was pressured on roughly 25% of his drop backs. The designed blitzes from Baltimore confused both the offensive line and Winston. With little time to throw the ball and little confidence in his protection, Winston could never get in a flow. 3. Coaching staffThe greatest flaw of all on Sunday may of been the coaching staff. What is up with the offensive play calling? On the first drive of the game, Barber reeled off a 15 yard run. After that, the Bucs passed three straight times and were forced to punt. Barber had 11 runs for 60 yards and a touchdown with 12:03 left in the second quarter. Tampa Bay was moving the ball on the ground. Then they went away from it. The third-year running back had just seven carries after that for the remainder of the game when clearly they weren’t producing through the air. Defensive coordinator Mark Duffner got taken to the woodshed on Sunday. He failed to adjust his defense at multiple points throughout the game and the end result was 242 yards on the ground for Baltimore.It makes sense why the majority of this staff will be packing up their offices in a few weeks.