Browns vs Buccaneers : Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith after another ugly performance by the unit in the loss to Atlanta Falcons during Week 6. Koetter may not be far behind Smith if the Buccaneers suffer an embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday
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Koetter fired Smith following the Buccaneers 34-29 loss to the Falcons. The Buccaneers (2-3) defense allowed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 354 yards and three touchdowns in the game. The unit allowed Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to throw six touchdowns passes in Week 5. The Buccaneers have lost three straight and the pressure increases on Koetter.
This was another extremely difficult game to pick, so much so that I changed my prediction from the video we taped on Friday morning.
I might regret it the same way you regret changing your answer on a multiple choice test. But a lot has happened since that video,
The Buccaneers return home for the first and only time this month to square off against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback Jameis Winston will make his first home start this season as he leads the Bucs’ high-powered offense against a Cleveland defense known for their takeaway capability. The Browns are tied for the best turnover margin in the league, with a +7, meaning they’ve created seven more turnovers than they’ve given up. They’re also extremely good on third down, allowing opponents to convert just 31.33% of third down attempts so far this season. That’s good for fourth-best in the league.
The game also pins the fifth-best rushing offense, which Cleveland has with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and the rookie Nick Chubb, against the league’s fifth-best rushing defense in the Buccaneers. The Browns’ rushing attack also allows quarterback Baker Mayfield to be more comfortable and have more options. Shutting down the run game will be crucial to get Cleveland’s offense out of rhythm.