Browns vs Buccaneers Preseason Week 3 NFL Odds and Pick
There has been a lot of excitement in Cleveland with the arrival of Robert Griffin III at quarterback, but it looks like this team is still going to be a work in progress for a significant part of the season. They have dropped their first two preseason games, to Green Bay and then to Atlanta, and now they head south to take on a young team that has one of the most promising arms in the game — Jameis Winston — leading the Tampa Bay offense. The Buccaneers knocked off Jacksonville last week, 27-21, to even their record after losing their preseason opener to the Eagles. Check out the latest NFL betting odds for this matchup and the rest of the Week 3 slate.
NFL Preseason Week 3 Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Radio: 620 AM WDAE Tampa
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Tampa Bay (-3.5), O/U 42
Why should you bet on Cleveland?
One of the more exciting bits of news to hit Cleveland was the announcement by the NFL that star-crossed wideout Josh Gordon would have just a four-game suspension to start the regular season (the final adjudication of his indefinite ban for substance abuse violations), and that he could be with the team during that time, which means that he can appear in preseason games when he is ready. Any Week 3 action would likely be limited, but this is one of the biggest wide receiving talents in the game. Along with Corey Coleman, Gordon makes an exciting receiving duo. If the Browns can move the ball at all, their defense should be able to challenge Tampa Bay and make this a competitive game.
Why should you put your money on the Buccaneers?
Tampa Bay has gone from having an iffy offense as recently as a year ago to having talent at all of the skill positions. Jameis Winston gained confidence each week in the regular season last year, and he has a couple of outstanding receiving targets in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, to go along with tailback Doug Martin. Last year, the Buccaneers averaged over 130 rushing yards per game, and if they can continue that, this will take pressure off Winston and give him fewer third-and-long situations. The big question will be in the kicking game, as Roberto Aguayo has not played well in the preseason and has heard displeasure from the home fans.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Cleveland Browns are on their way to improving from last season’s three-win performance. However, I don’t see them as ready to knock off a young and up-and-coming Tampa Bay franchise. I’m predicting a 20-16 Tampa Bay win.