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Bucs Top Browns, 30-13, in Preseason

The Buccaneers put together a dominant performance in Week 3 of the preseason against the Browns.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' preseason matchup with the Browns.

The Buccaneers put together an impressive performance in Week 3 of the preseason, defeating the Browns, 30-13, in Tampa on Friday night. The third preseason game, most players and coaches would agree, is the most important of the four, with the starters playing more snaps in the third preseason game than any of the other three.

Head Coach Dirk Koetter said that the Bucs' starters would play into the third quarter. But at halftime, he had seen all he needed to see. The second-team offense and defense took the field and the starters took the bench leading, 27-10, at halftime.

Jameis Winston was dominant, completing 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdown passes. He connected with Charles Sims and Mike Evans for scores in the first and second quarter, respectively. Winston finished the day with a passer rating of 125.3 while Evans finished as the Bucs' leading receiver with five catches and 115 yards.

Throughout the preseason, the Buccaneers' defensive line has been impressive rushing the passer. Friday was no different. The Bucs' first-team defense took down Robert Griffin III five times in the first half. Before all was said and done, the Buccaneers recorded eight sacks.

On special teams, the Bucs' punt returners thrived. Adam Humphries took a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, giving the Buccaneers their first touchdown on a return since 2008. In the second half, Bernard Reedy added a 43-yard return.

The Buccaneers will host the Redskins on Thursday night, but not before making their first round of cuts. The Bucs will narrow their 90-man roster down to 70 early this week.

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