We're heading into the all-important third week of the 2016 NFL preseason, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Cleveland Browns on national television on Friday Night. Traditionally, the third week of the preseason is when starters get the most playing time, and that should be the case tomorrow night as well, with Jameis Winston and company on one side, and Robert Griffin III leading the starting offense for Cleveland.
The Bucs have looked pretty decent this preseason on the level of individual players, but have struggled to put together quality team performances. Special teams has been especially concerning, but the offense has struggled to score as well. Luckily, the defense has mostly looked good, and the pass rush has been a particular high point, but this Tampa Bay team has a few things to prove in this third preseason game.
Meanwhile, the Browns have been fairly up and down this preseason. RG3 was supposed to be resurgent, but has mostly looked like his old self: a mix of spectacular plays, and baffling turnovers. Josh Gordon's return should help this offense massively, as he may be the single most talented receiver in the entire NFL -- if he can keep from being suspended yet again.
For the Bucs, stopping the explosive Browns offense would be quite an accomplishment. The Bucs don't have the athleticism and speed that Cleveland has, but they should also be a little less sloppy and inconsistent than the Browns offense. On the other side of the ball, the Bucs need to put together a complete game on offense. Moving the ball down the field, avoiding turnovers, and scoring in the red zone.
Oh, and there's also Roberto Aguayo. I guess. If you're into that kind of thing.
Here's everything you need to know to watch tomorrow's game.
Browns vs. Buccaneers, preseason 2016
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
TV: CBS, nationally televised
Announcers: Phil Simms (ugh) and Ian Eagle
Online live stream: NFL Gamepass