The Cleveland Browns will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road to begin their season September 12th. The Cleveland Browns enter this game as a live road underdog. The development of Jake Delhomme as the number one quarterback has been nothing short of phenomenal. Delhomme has taken to the Cleveland Browns system quickly and adjusted well to Joshua Cribbs involvement in the offensive scheme.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of a complete overhaul with Ronde Barber as one of the only remaining Super Bowl champs on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster. Josh Freeman is the quarterback of choice for head Coach Raheem Morris but he is injured as they head into their first game at Raymond James Stadium.
Tampa Bay Defense Will Have to Step Up to Keep Pace With New Cleveland Defense
The Tampa Bay defense, once the most feared in the NFL is now one of the least respected defensive units in the NFL. The defensive line is the worst unit on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the one ray of hope is the Tampa Bay secondary. Aqib Talib is now the teams number one shut down corner opposite Ronde Barber according to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart.
Mike Holmgren has his work cut out for him to bring the Cleveland Browns back to greatness. The defensive line is average and the cornerbacks have been suspect. Holmgren addressed the cornerback issue by drafting Joe Haden with his first round pick. Haden could develop into a premeire shut down corner in a few years but will go through so growing pains in his first year. The defensive edge in this game goes to Cleveland Browns over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but it is a slight edge.
Running Games for Both Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Cleveland Browns Will be Tested
The Cleveland Browns drafted Montario Hardesty to take some pressure off their hard hitting running back, Jerome Harrison. Hardesty is already lost for the season and now that will bring Joshua Cribbs into the picture as a flexible position player. Don’t be surprised of Joshua Cribbs rushes for over 1,000 yards in the 2010 season.
Cadillac Williams is a strong banging back that knows one gear, high. Williams is always a fast starter and in this game, Williams will get his carries. If Josh Freeman is still suffering through his thumb injury expect Williams to get the ball 30 times. The edge in the running game has to go to the Cleveland Browns over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Cleveland Browns one downfall in this game could be the weather. The advantage for the Browns is the weather will be about the same as their training camp this season. Cleveland is in for a long season and according to the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook they are beginning the season as a two point underdog. Take the Cleveland Browns +2 on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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