Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/26/2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Raymond James Stadium
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The Cleveland Browns travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The opening line for this game has Tampa Bay as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 42. The Browns had an ATS record of 4-12-0 last season while their over/under record was 8-8-0. The Buccaneers had an over/under record of 7-8-1 and they were 9-7-0 against the spread.
Valuable Cleveland Browns Betting Trends
The Cleveland Browns were 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Cleveland Browns were 4-12-0 against the spread last year
Important Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 7-8-1 against the over/under last season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Cleveland Browns Injuries
08/18/17 DL Danny Shelton Knee "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
Key Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
08/12/17 CB Jude Adjei-Barimah Knee out for season
07/30/17 RB Doug Martin Suspension expected to miss weeks 1-3
07/30/17 DE Jacquies Smith Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cleveland Browns were 31st in the NFL in points scored with 264 last season. They ran 983 plays last year for 4,976 yards, which ranked them 30th in the league in total offense. The Browns averaged 5.1 yards per play, which was 25th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 296 1st downs last year, placing them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Cleveland ran for 1,712 yards as a team, which ranked 19th in the NFL. They ran 350 times last year, averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Browns were penalized on offense 95 times for 736 yards last season, which had them 27th in the league in penalties. Cody Kessler threw for 1,380 yards last season. He completed 128 passes on 195 attempts for a completion percentage of 65.6%. His QBR last year was 49.6 while is quarterback rating was 92.3. He averaged 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 10.8 yards per completion.
Cleveland was 30th in the league in points allowed on defense with 452 last year. They surrendered a total of 6,279 yards on D, which was 31st in the NFL. The Browns were ranked 26th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Their pass defense gave up 7 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 29th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 347 passes on 543 attempts against the Cleveland Browns defense last season, placing them 13th and 7th in the National Football League. The Cleveland pass defense also gave up a total of 3,996 yards through the air, which was 21st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 498 attempts for 2,283 yards last year, putting them in 31st place in the league against the run. The Browns committed 104 penalties for 930 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 18th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 40.8% of possessions on defense, which was 27th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Cleveland was ranked 15th in the league in punt returns last season with 30. They accumulated 200 punt return yards and averaged 6.7 yards per return, which was 26th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 18 yards. They returned 34 kicks for 634 yards on special teams, ranking 18th in kick return yardage. The Browns averaged 18.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 36 yards last year. They were 29th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,239. The Cleveland Browns attempted 27 field goals last season and made 21, which was 25th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 77.8%. Cleveland Browns kickers made 92% of their extra points, going 23 for 25 last year. Their punters totaled 3,762 yards on 83 punts, averaging 30 yards per punt. That placed them 17th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran for 1,616 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 24th in the league. They ran 453 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Buccaneers were penalized on offense 109 times for 926 yards last season, which had them 15th in the NFL in penalties. They were 18th in the National Football League in points scored with 354. They ran 1,066 plays last year for 5,542 yards, which ranked them 18th in the NFL in total offense. The Buccaneers averaged 5.2 yards per play, which was 23rd in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 340 1st downs last season, ranking them 11th overall as an offensive unit. Jameis Winston completed 345 throws while attempting 567 passes for a completion percentage of 60.8% last year. He passed for 4,090 yards. He averaged 11.9 yards per completion and 7.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 86.1 and his QBR was 64.7.
The Buccaneers rush defense gave up 427 attempts for 1,875 yards last season, putting them in 22nd place in the NFL against the run. They had 121 penalties for 1,061 yards on defense last year. That placed them 29th in the league. They allowed a score on 35.9% of possessions on defense, which was 18th in the NFL. Tampa Bay was 15th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 369. They gave up a total of 5,887 yards on D, which was 23rd in the league. The Buccaneers were 25th in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Their pass defense allowed 6.8 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 26th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 347 throws on 548 attempts against the Tampa Bay defense last season, ranking them 14th and 11th in the league. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense also surrendered a total of 4,012 yards in the air, which was 22nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried 31 field goals last season and made 22, which was 24th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 71.0%. Tampa Bay kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 32 for 34 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,216 yards on 70 punts, averaging 29 yards per punt. That ranked them 12th in the NFL in punting average. Tampa Bay was 19th in the NFL in punt returns with 29 last year. They totaled 266 punt return yards and averaged 9.2 yards per return, which was 12th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 25 yards. They returned 21 kicks for 307 yards on special teams, placing them 32nd in kick return yardage. The Buccaneers averaged 14.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 26 yards last season. They were 27th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,354.
Who will win tonight's Browns/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Browns +3
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