1) Attack Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon
In their last two games, the Buccaneers have given up nine sacks. Glennon, still only in his second season, isn't a quarterback who fares well under duress. Expect the Browns to show Glennon exotic looks featuring Paul Kruger. Cleveland's outside linebacker already has five sacks on the season, showing his improved ability in finishing off a play.
2) Reestablish the running game
The Browns' formula for success is simple -- hand the ball off 30 times and wear down the opposing defense. In the last two weeks, Jacksonville and Oakland have stifled Cleveland's ground game, holding the Browns to under 2.0 yards per carry combined. Expect Tampa Bay to employ a similar strategy – but also expect the Browns to counter, either opening up the game with short-quick passes or power formation sets with three tight ends.
3) Continue the dominant secondary play
Ever since the second half of the Titans game, the Browns' secondary has been borderline impossible to throw on. They made Ben Roethlisberger – who is having a career-season – look foolish in a 31-10 win. Blake Bortles fired three interceptions a few weeks back and Derek Carr never really was able to get comfortable last week in front of the Dawg Pound. If Tashaun Gipson, Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, Donte Whitner, K'Waun Williams and Justin Gilbert can keep this up, a Browns weakness from September may officially become the team's strongest asset going into the second half of the season.
Three keys to victory for the Buccaneers
1) Take chances early and often
The Buccaneers come into FirstEnergy Stadium with a 1-6 record. They have nothing to lose and should be the aggressors from the get-go. Throw the ball deep to gigantic receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Fake a field goal. Go for it on fourth-down. Nothing should be off limits for coach Lovie Smith and his Buccaneers.
2) Get running back Bobby Rainey going
The last time Rainey went against a Mike Pettine and Jim O'Neil coached defense was last November in Tampa Bay and the running back went off for 127 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. The Browns improved last week in stopping the run, but by no means have they proven to be efficient at it, yet. For the Buccaneers to win, they'll need to lean heavily on Rainey.
3) Pick off two Brian Hoyer passes
Cleveland's quarterback has only thrown two interceptions in seven games – only Tom Brady has fewer. Against the Raiders, a few Hoyer passes bounced off the fingertips of the silver and black defenders. Tampa Bay must convert those into turnovers on Sunday.