National Football League
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Tampa Bay at Cleveland
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 2, 2014
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Browns enter November with a winning record for the first time in seven seasons and they have a chance to pad that mark against one of the league's worst teams Sunday. The Browns aim to solidify their standing in the AFC North when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have lost three straight, including two overtime defeats. Cleveland is right in the thick of the division race and has dreams of its first trip to the playoffs since 2002.

Even though the Browns are in territory they haven't seen in recent years, they've turned in two straight lackluster efforts in a loss at Jacksonville and a sloppy 23-13 victory over winless Oakland. "You're going to have games like that," Cleveland coach Mike Pettine told reporters. "When you look back at your wins there's going to be some ugly ones, and that one certainly wasn't the prettiest." The Buccaneers have won the past three against the Browns, but the teams have not met since 2010.

TV: LINE: Browns -6.5. O/U: 43.5.

ABOUT TAMPA BAY (1-6): The Buccaneers have been in plenty of games in coach Lovie Smith's first season — four of their losses have come by six points or fewer — but they have only one win. The offense managed only 225 total yards in last week's 19-13 overtime loss to Minnesota, prompting discussion of whether Josh McCown might regain the starting quarterback job from struggling Mike Glennon. The Bucs rank last in the league in total offense (295.1) and total defense (409.9) and are minus-four in turnovers.

ABOUT CLEVELAND (4-3): Brian Hoyer is 7-3 as the Browns' starter, but the calls for rookie Johnny Manziel to take the reins have grown louder over the past two weeks. It might not matter who is under center if the Browns can't get the running game going again — after averaging 146.4 yards on the ground in its first five games, Cleveland has totaled 108 rushing yards in its past two. The defense has been opportunistic, ranking 29th in total defense (395.6) but 13th in scoring defense (21.7) in large part because of 11 takeaways.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is listed as doubtful.

2. Tampa Bay rookie WR Mike Evans has caught at least four passes in each of his first six career games.

3. Cleveland WR Miles Austin has recorded 100 receiving yards or a TD catch in three straight games versus Tampa Bay.

PREDICTION: Browns 23, Buccaneers 17

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tampa Bay 1-6 L3 19.0 31.9 0-4 1-2 1-4 0-2 0-2 0-3 0-5
Cleveland 4-3 W1 23.3 21.7 3-1 1-2 4-3 0-0 0-0 1-2 3-3
Last Meeting
Tampa Bay Cleveland
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/12/10 CLE 14 TB 17 288 119 169 340 104 236
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tampa Bay J. Freeman 60.7 182 2 1
Cleveland J. Delhomme 54.1 227 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tampa Bay C. Williams 22 75 3.4 0
Cleveland J. Harrison 9 52 5.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tampa Bay M. Spurlock 2 49 24.5 1
Cleveland E. Moore 3 87 29.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Tampa Bay M. Spurlock 1
Cleveland P. Hillis 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tampa Bay M. Glennon 58.8 1157 8 4
Cleveland B. Hoyer 57.5 1722 8 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tampa Bay B. Rainey 62 287 4.6 1
Cleveland B. Tate 84 305 3.6 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tampa Bay V. Jackson 26 357 13.7 2
Cleveland A. Hawkins 36 470 13.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Tampa Bay M. Evans 2
Cleveland I. Crowell 4