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Buccaneers Drop, 31-7, to Browns

The Buccaneers dropped their second game of the 2015 preseason on Saturday night.


The Buccaneers fell to 1-2 on the preseason after dropping, 31-7, to the Browns on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Browns scored twice in the air, once on the ground and a fourth time on special teams, returning a punt for a touchdown. The team led, 17-7, at halftime before adding two second-half scores to extend their lead to 24 points.

Photos from the Buccaneers' preseason game against the Browns at Raymond James Stadium.

"We didn't have a fast start," Head Coach Lovie Smiths said. "The turnover didn't help us any at all. You can't give up a punt return like that. We started playing better football by the end of the half."

Both teams kept their starters in for just one second-half drive.

Jameis Winston finished the day completing six of 15 passes for 90 yards and was intercepted once. His deepest pass of the day came on a 26-yarder to Vincent Jackson in the second quarter, which set up a Doug Martin touchdown run on the following play.  Jackson finished the game as the Bucs' leading receiver with 38 yards.

Lavonte David was the Bucs' leading tackler, earning six stops. Kwon Alexander had five tackles, the second-most on the team, including a highlight-reel sack of Josh McCown.

The Bucs will turn around to play their final preseason game in just a few days when the team takes on the Dolphins in Miami on Thursday.

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