Many football experts are loving the Cleveland Browns as a team who could win the always-tough AFC North. Some go as far as seeing the Browns making a deep run in the AFC Playoffs and so Bucs fans are excited to see just what all the chatter is about.
Meantime, as is the case preseason game three is where most of the starters for both teams are expected to play. We see the Browns Baker Mayfield and the Bucs Jamesis Winston get a chance to have a little friendly competition.
Here is a little history on how the two teams have faired over the years against each other with the data provided by the fine folks at the Bucs public relations department.
The Buccaneers will play the Browns for the 11th time in the preseason. The preseason series is tied 5-5, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 13-9 victory for Cleveland in 2017 at Raymond James
Cleveland leads the all-time regular season series, 6-4, with the Buccaneers have won four of the past five after Cleveland won the first five matchups in the series. Tampa Bay won the most recent contest between the teams, a 26-23 overtime home victory in 2018. In 2014, the Browns posted their only win in the series since 1995, a 17-14 home victory. Tampa Bay won its first meeting in the series by a score of 17-3 at Raymond James Stadium in 2002. Tampa Bay would make it two in a row over the Browns as the Bucs won, 22-7, at Cleveland inThe Buccaneers scored their third consecutive victory over the Browns in 2010, winning 17-14 in Tampa.
The Buccaneers and Browns first met in 1976, Tampa Bay’s inaugural campaign, with the Browns posting a 24-7 victory in Tampa. Cleveland also has notched a 34-27 win in 1980 in Tampa, a 20-0 win in 1983 in Cleveland, a 42-31 win in Tampa in 1989 and a 22-6 win in 1995 in Cleveland.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1) VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-0)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 7:30 P.M. ET
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM (65,618)
LOCAL TELEVISION: WFLA (NBC 8)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: CHRIS MYERS ANALYST: RONDE BARBER SIDELINE: DAN LUCAS
BUCS RADIO: 98ROCK, FLAGSHIP STATION (WXTB-97.9 FM)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: GENE DECKERHOFF ANALYST: DAVE MOORE SIDELINE: T.J. RIVES