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TJ's Take: 3 Keys to Beat the Browns

Handle adversity on the road
Unfortunately, the Bucs have yet to enjoy a victory at Raymond James Stadium, but they do have a win at Pittsburgh, and they played well for a lot of the game at the Super Dome three weeks ago. Now they will travel to the famed "Dog Pound" for the first time in eight years as a franchise. The new look Browns have already won three games at home and it will be hostile there. The quicker you can make plays on both offense and defense (including sacks and turnovers, etc), the easier it becomes.


Get back to sustained offense we saw in Pittsburgh and New Orleans**
Again, the reality is, since the Buccaneers returned home for Baltimore, we've not seen this team put together anywhere close to the same offense as we saw in those two road games. Mike Glennon has been placed in too many 2nd and 3rd downs and long and also, the pass protection has not held up making him a different QB. Those two things MUST change to improve the offense's chances. Also, we have seen Mike Evans re-emerge the last two weeks after his groin injury in Pittsburgh, as a big play WR to compliment Vincent Jackson. That must continue Sunday, as well.

Finally, if the game comes down to the 4th quarter up for grabs, take it!
With the exception of the Steelers win, Tampa Bay has yet to capitalize on chances to win four other games in the 4th Quarter. I know (and have heard and read all week) about the offense not doing enough for three quarters last week. And it's true. However, what's also true is that they drove down the field, got the go ahead TD to rookie Austin Sefarian-Jenkins with two minutes left and put the D back on the field to seal the win. And it didn't happen. Like Captain Gerald McCoy said on Bucs radio Wednesday, "in that situation, we have to stop them and win that game." Whether it's a turnover, a key sack on 3rd or even, a 4th down, etc., if the game is on the line and it's in the defense's hands Sunday, get it done this week!

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