By the Numbers

By the Numbers: Starting defense racks up 5 sacks in loss to Buccaneers

We’re digging into the stats after the Browns’ 13-12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

5 - Jameis Winston must be happy he won’t have to face the Browns defense again this year. The Browns recorded five sacks on Winston in the first half, including two from defensive end Olivier Vernon. Winston finished 9-for-19 with 88 yards.

21 - Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay drilled a chip shot 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining to give Tampa Bay the lead for good.

54 - Austin Seibert drilled a 54-yarder in the first quarter to kick-off his best performance of the preseason. The 2019 fifth-round pick finished 4-for-4 on field goals and found the rebound game he needed after an inconsistent training camp.

47.8 - Jamie Gillan showed off his deep punting power again and delivered six punts for an average of 47.8 yards, including a 54-yard punt. The “Scottish Hammer” even showed off his rugby background and recorded a tackle on a punt return from Bobo Wilson that went just 14 yards.

72 - Quarterback Baker Mayfield went 10-for-26 for 72 yards and an interception in the first half. Mayfield didn’t have wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku on the field and threw the interception on the last play of the half when the Browns were looking to quickly move into field-goal range.

19 - The Browns defensive starters continued their preseason trend of completely stuffing the run and held the Buccaneers to just 19 rushing yards on 10 carries in the first half.

43 - On an otherwise quiet day from the offense, running back D'Ernest Johnson led the Browns with three receptions for 43 yards. He also averaged a solid 28 yards on two kick returns and added to his case for a spot on the roster as a return specialist. 

2 - Defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence picked up two sacks to bring his sack total to three this preseason. Lawrence stood out defensively in training camp and is poised to provide quality depth for an already dangerous defensive line.

105.3 - Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin entered a bit sooner than expected after Blaine Gabbert left the game with an injury early in the second half. The Browns second- and third-teamers struggled to contain Griffin, who went 11-for-17 with 121 yards and a touchdown.

Check out photos of the Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers by team photographer Matt Starkey

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