Buccaneers Lose Fourth Straight

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Photo R. Matamba

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

On Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added another loss to what has already been a disappointing season. Even though they held just a 1-6 record coming into Sunday’s matchup against the Browns, they were still mathematically in the NFC South race.

The Bucs played another close game but squandered a fourth quarter lead on their way to a 22-17 loss on a crisp Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

“We’re not a good football team right now. I think that’s fairly obvious,” said head coach Lovie Smith after the team’s fourth straight loss.

Tampa Bay took a 17-16 lead late in the third quarter when Mike Glennon connected on a 24-yard touchdown to rookie Mike Evans for the second time in the game. Evans finished with a career-high 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

After a blocked punt in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland offense drove just 35 yards in two plays to take a 22-17 lead that they never relinquished. Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, using a big second half to get past Tampa Bay.

Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon struggled, completing just 17 of 33 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bucs (1-7) will host the Atlanta Falcons (2-6) next Sunday at 1.