TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers face Cleveland Browns in the third pre-season game. This is a ‘dress rehearsal’ for all starters and Jameis Winston is expected to play longer.
9:52 p.m. The game is over, 31-7 win by Cleveland.
9:49 p.m. 2-minute warning, the Bucs are behind, 31-7.
9:23 p.m. Bucs’ Murray misses a field goal.
9:14 p.m. The Browns are piling on now. Rushing touchdown makes it 31-7 with :49 left in the 3rd, 62-yard, 6-play drive over 2:44. Thad Lewis scores from 7 yards out. McCown has been great, Cleveland is winning all three phases.
9:09 p.m. Jameis Winston is now out of the game. Finishes 6/15 for 90 yards and an interception.
8:53 p.m. McCown caps off a long drive with a touchdown pass to wide open Gary Barnidge; 24-7; 11 plays, 78 yards, 6:16 off the clock on that Cleveland drive. McCown looks like he is more than deserving of the starting job.
Coach Lovie Smith: “We didn’t have a fast start. The turnover didn’t help us any at all. You can’t give up a punt return like that. We started playing better football by the end of the half.”
8:30 p.m. Bucs’ Winston was sacked at the end of the half. This was the third sack of the night carried out by the Browns. Cleveland leads 17-7 at recess.
8:27 p.m. Kwon Alexander delivers the most devastating hit on McCown.
8:15 p.m. The Bucs get a stop and will get one more possession to salvage this first half.
8:11 p.m. Barth misses a 40+ yard field goal that would’ve made it a one-score game. The Bucs’ special teams have been rough tonight.
8:07 p.m. A bruising, up-the-middle run for the Buccaneers’ Doug Martin. 10 yard gain
8:03 p.m. Buccaneers WR and kick returner Kaelin Clay is doubtful to return. He has a rib injury.
7:58 p.m. Jameis Winston completes a ball to Jackson, Bucs enter the red zone. Jameis Winston had a nice, clean pocket there for only the second time. Next play, Doug Martin’s touchdown! Doug’s first TD run of the year is a 19 yard run, and Tampa Bay is on the board!
7:44 p.m. Cleveland boots a field goal and takes a commanding 17-0 lead with 13:32 left in the second. Tampa Bay’s offense has yet to find rhythm.
7:39 p.m. Jameis Winston is intercepted by Charles Gaines to end the 1st quarter. The ball is taken back to the Bucs’ 12-yard line.
7:35 p.m. An impressive, back-breaking drive from Josh McCown & company results in 14-0 Cleveland with 1:27 left in the 1st quarter.
7:3 p.m. McCown leads the Browns down the field on a methodical drive, capped by a TD pass to Brian Hartline. Reversed upon video review. 14-0.
7:30 p.m. McCown picks up another first down with his legs, but gets popped by Kwon Alexander for his troubles.
7:19 p.m. Brown’s McCown picks up the first down with his legs and dives head first. Awfully bold move for a 36-year-old in the preseason.
7:13 p.m. The Bucs come out gunning. Winston hits Louis Murphy for 22 yards on first down, but then gets hit as he throws on 2nd, falls incomplete.
7:10 p.m. 7-0 Cleveland just 1:38 into this game. Benjamin’s 53-yard punt return touchdown is the difference.
7:02 p.m. – The Bucs start from their own 20-yard line because the kick was a touch-back.
It was decided earlier last week that Brown’s QB Johnny Manziel will not play in this or the next game because of the lingering soreness in his right elbow, the Associated Press reported.