Browns vs BuccaneersLive :The Cleveland Browns may have played the Buccaneers last season and lost in a heart-breaker, but it helps make this preseason game mean The Cleveland Browns head to Florida for the third preseason game in hopes of staying unbeaten in the exhibition season and avoiding the, Get a summary of the Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game.he Cleveland Browns face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday in their third preseason game.
The Cleveland Browns may have played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and lost in a heart-breaker, but it helps make this preseason game mean a little more.
Last time the Cleveland Browns played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I was lucky enough to be there.
The Cleveland Browns will be at Raymond James Stadium on Friday night to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game for both teams.
The third preseason game has long been considered the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, with the starters playing well into the third quarter before shutting it down until the start of the regular season.
Head coach Freddie Kitchens does not buy into that idea, however, and while the starters will be on the field in Tampa, how long will be decided on a “player-by-player basis,” Kitchens told
It was in October, Week 7 of the 2018 season. Hue Jackson was still in charge of the team and Todd Haley was still coordinating rookie Baker Mayfield’s offense. The 2-3-1 Browns were going to travel south to Tampa Bay, Florida to play the 2-3 Bucs in a day game coincidentally the same weekend I was scheduled to be in town.
My St. Pete-based friend surprised me with a pair of sweet tickets in the 100-section and told me my money was no good.The even better news – we were right behind the Browns sideline.
The bad news was we were uncovered and my shaved head was fully exposed to the surprisingly effective early fall Florida sun as well as to the thousands of Buccaneers fans drinking heavily while impeccably dressed as fancy pirates.
The worst news was the other attention-grabbing feature of the Raymond James Stadium, which sits at one end of the stadium in what’s known as Buccaneers’ Cove. There, smack dab in the middle of the 200-deck directly beneath the instant replay board is a solid gold, life-sized pirate ship equipped with full masts and cannons and a huge skull and crossbones on its bow beneath the long and flagged bowsprit.At one point after running the ball, Mayfield received a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Jordan Whitehead, but the referee incorrectly and inexplicably ruled it “no penalty,” saying in effect that because Baker became a runner he was somehow allowed to be hit in the helmet with another helmet.y the second half, I’d gotten sunburn on half my pale and foolishly unprotected shaved head and on most of my unshaved left arm. And since I didn’t drink beers that day I could really feel the burn.
As could the Bucs’ defense as Mayfield threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter to tight end David Njoku to get the Browns somewhat back in the game.
Later, after one more “BOOM!” was heard, Nick Chubb ran the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter followed by Jarvis Landry scoring the tying touchdown with minutes to go by catching the ball and then wisely slip-sliding into the end zone before any Bucs could touch him.While watching the replay of that lousy three-point loss in preparation for the Browns’ upcoming third preseason game on Friday night against those same Buccaneers, my first thought was this year’s team would’ve totally won that game.
The new defense would have held and the upgraded offense (no longer led by a rookie or coordinated by a Neanderthal) would have scored earlier and more often.
Which brings us to Friday’s preseason game, when the Browns take on the refurbished Buccaneers, newly led by the legendary Bruce Arians but sans deep threat receiver DeSean Jackson.
The current Browns can (and better) beat this team because they’re far more talented, but it’s preseason football so does it really matter?
Yes, for these Browns and their fans it kinda does.
One beef on last year’s Browns was that they couldn’t win the big games against playoff bound teams and that they lost four games by just one score or less and tied yet another one.
It doesn’t take a football surgeon to figure out that if the Browns had won those close games suddenly they end last season at 12-4 and in the playoffs.
Yes, most preseason games are meaningless, unless you’re watching the rebirth of a franchise.
Unless it’s year five of a five-year rebuild.
Unless there’s so much expectation surrounding the new roster that the thought of going back to “it’s just the Browns, they’ll blow it somehow” is unacceptable.
Then every game means something.
I don’t care if Friday night is just the preseason or that I’m not going to be there at the game this time. It’s called a “Dress Rehearsal” for a reason, so I’m popping some beers from my couch and slathering up with SPF because this 2019 Browns team is as sizzling as the Florida sun.