Who are the experts picking in the Cleveland Browns week 7 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Factory of Sadness has the roundup.
The Cleveland Browns attempt to win their first road game since the 2015 campaign. As the pressure mounts on Hue Jackson, here’s what the experts who follow the Browns each day are predicting.
Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com: Browns 27, Bucs 24
The longtime Plain Dealer columnist points out how interesting this one will be based off how the team responded last week. They seemed to give up when it got out of reach, Pluto pointed out.
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One thing Hue Jackson can hang his hat on is that his players don’t quite. Will that be the case for the second straight week?
Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com: Browns 27, Bucks 24
The Plain Dealer Browns’ beat writer predicts the Browns’ offense gets back on track against a franchise that just fired its defensive coordinator.
Scott Petrak, BrownsZone.com: Browns 34, Bucs 30
Petrak also likes the Browns’ offense to shake the gray clouds that have doomed the unit over the past two games. Tampa’s defense is just so bad, he may be right.
Tony Grossi, ESPN Cleveland: Buccaneers 34-28
Grossi points out that the Browns are leaning heavily on five offensive rookies in this contest in the form of Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Antonio Callaway, Damion Ratley and Desmond Harrison. That number jumps to six if Austin Corbett starts in front of J.C. Tretter.
We’ve seen over the past two years that playing lots of rookies doesn’t equate wins.
Nate Ulrich, Ohio.com: Bucs 33, Browns 26
I tend to agree with Ulrich and Grossi in the last two picks. I just don’t think the Browns are going to match the firepower of the Bucs, especially with five rookies playing key roles on offense. Plus, do the Browns every play well in Tampa?
Marla Ridenour, Ohio.com: Bucs 28, Browns 17
If the Akron Beacon Journal’s columnist is correct, the Browns offense is going to be for a lot more scrutinizing over the next few weeks.
Steve Doerschuck, Canton Repository: Bucs 31, Browns 20
Like Ridenour, the Browns’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley is going to have some explaining to do if Cleveland can only hang up 20 on one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL.
Dudukovich: Obviously, what you all clicked in for. I think the Browns’ offense is better, but I just don’t like them in the road in this one. Bucs 35, Browns 24.