Most people will agree that preseason results don’t typically correlate with regular season results, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping they can be the exception to that rule.
Lovie Smith’s squad, which has won just six games in the past two seasons, looked razor sharp during Monday night’s 25-11 beating of the Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie Jameis Winston moved the ball down the field, Doug Martin ran for 59 yards on six carries, and the defense forced three sacks and three turnovers against Cincy’s first-team offense.
Looking to continue their success in the preseason Week 3 “dress rehearsal,” the Bucs will take on the Cleveland Browns, who feature an increasingly compelling quarterback situation. Starter Josh McCown has had one good performance and one bad one, while second-year backup Johnny Manziel has shown clear improvement to go with his innate athletic gifts.
“I think he’s a new guy,” said offensive coordinator John DeFilippo about Manziel. “I think from a preparation standpoint and a want-to standpoint haven’t changed since OTAs, but I think you see a different quarterback. I really do.”
McCown is definitely atop the depth chart, but Mike Pettine has declined to name his Week 1 starter. It sounds as though Manziel won’t play this week, but it will still be interesting if McCown struggles against Tampa Bay.
Kickoff for this one is at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night. It will be broadcast on WEWS in Cleveland and WFLA in Tampa (check here for a full list of affiliates), but if you can’t make it to a TV, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
Watch Browns vs. Bucs Online
Viewers can watch this game–and all preseason games–live online via NFL Game Pass. The package doesn’t require a cable subscription, but it does cost $99.99 for the entire season. NFL.com is offering a free seven-day free trial.
Also note: NFL Network will show a replay of the game on Sunday, August 30, at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT). If you have the log-in info for a cable subscription with access to NFL Network, you can watch that live online at NFL.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.
Watch Browns vs. Bucs on Mobile
Mobile and tablet users with a subscription to NFL Game Pass can also watch the game on the NFL Mobile app. You can download the app for free in the App Store , the Google Play store or the Windows Store.
Additionally, users can with access to NFL Network can watch the replay of the game on the NFL Mobile app.
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