TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Fresh off of their first preseason win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field last Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally returned to the newly renovated Raymond James Stadium and their loyal fans Thursday to host the Cleveland Browns with the aim to win and nearly did…until fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, on the fourth down of the Bucs’ first scoring drive, they attempted a field goal, but Cleveland was flagged with holding and received a five yard penalty, which gave the Bucs a first down. During that second scoring drive, Winston’s pass intended for Cameron Gray was intercepted by Clevenland’s Jebri Peppers with 9:20 left in the first quarter.
With less than five minutes left in the quarter, Cleveland got on the board first with a 38-yard field goal, bringing the score to 3-0.
The Buccaneers finally got on the board at the end of the half with a 31-yard field goal by Nick Folk, tying the game.
In the first Browns scoring drive of the third quarter, the Buccaneers brought on tough defense, including a pass broken up by Clinton McDonald. On the Browns’ fourth down, they attempted a 55-yard field goal, but were unsuccessful.
On the Buccaneers’ next drive, they gained an easy 25 yards with Winston’s pass to Reedy. Devonte Lambert subsequently suffered a wrist injury and was out. At the end of the scoring drive, Nick Folk kicked a successful 42-yard field goal, gaining the lead with a score of 6-3.
In the fourth quarter with nine minutes remaining, Nick Folk delivered again with a successful 43-yard field goal, bringing the score to 9-3 for the Buccaneers.
The Browns closed the gap on their next drive with a field goal of their own, making the score 9-6. Then, with less than two minutes left in the game, Cleveland sealed the victory entirely with a touchdown, making the final score 13-9. While a lot can happen in that short time, the Buccaneers did not have an answer.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org