Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: 3 big storylines in Week 13

Cleveland Browns, Jacoby Brissett
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In Week 13, the Cleveland Browns have several interesting storylines to look at as they are set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the impending Cleveland Browns debut for Deshaun Watson following his lengthy suspension, there are still many storylines in the Week 12 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will keep everyone’s interest.

Future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady will be in town, trying to lead his Buccaneers to the win. They have won two straight games and stand at 5-5 after coming off their bye week. They will be well-rested for the Browns who have struggled all season and have a record of 3-7. The two squads are definitely headed in opposite directions. Will anything change this week for either squad?

Let’s take a look a bit closer and several storylines that are at the forefront this week.

3 Cleveland Browns storylines in Week 13

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No. 3:  How will Jacoby Brissett perform in his expected final start?

Jacoby Brissett was asked earlier this week by local media about his role and how he felt he’s done to this point. He reflected a bit on the fact that the job is still not done and that he has a game to prepare for on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Despite the losing record, Brissett has done an admirable job as the starting quarterback. He’s made his share of mistakes, but much of why this team has such a lousy record has more to do with the failures on defense. We’ll discuss that storyline in a moment.

Last week, Brissett had a very good game, throwing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns. For the year, Brissett has put up some of the best numbers of his career.

He’s thrown for 2,398 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. He’s also run for 211 yards on the ground with two more touchdowns. Knowing that it’s likely his final start, it should be expected to see him perform well once again. However, the weather may play a factor in that outcome, as the forecast is calling for a rainy day down on the shores of Lake Erie,

Brissett has developed a nice connection with his two main wide receivers this season, Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Both are having very good campaigns, and each should be able to step up in Week 12. Cooper had another 100-yard performance as well as two touchdowns a week ago and DPJ has caught four passes or more in seven straight games. They both will certainly do what they can to help Brissett and the team improve on their record, holding out hope for a postseason run.