The Vikings offense has struggled mightily this year. The offensive line has been an issue as I pointed out in a previous article. Adrian Peterson not playing certainly has weakened the running game. Factor in those two issues along with starting a rookie quarterback and you can see why the Bucs defense should dominate this game Sunday. Teddy Bridgewater, like a lot of young quarterbacks, is going through typical growing pains. He's thrown five interceptions already this year and at times delivered the ball late to his receivers. As his offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the other day, he's by far a finished product. "He's a lot like your offense, a work in progress. There's going to be things we like, there's going to be things where he's growing and things where you shake your head a little bit."
Speaking of the Vikings offense the numbers are just plan ugly. The team ranks 29th with 309.1 yards per game and their 17.1 points per game marks their lowest average since scoring a franchise-worst 16.2 per game in 1979. In an era where offenses rule, the Vikings offense is down right offensive. I'm not sure what the expectations where for Bridgewater this year. Matt Cassel was the teams starter before he went down with a foot injury. Learning under a veteran for a year can be good for a rookie quarterback. That didn't happen for Bridgewater and as a result he's struggled.
It was interesting listening to Greg Cosell breakdown Bridgewater as a QB on 98.7 the Fan Thursday morning. "I think Bridgwater's game, if he's to be successful in the NFL, it will have to be based on precision and subtlety both mentally and physically. Because as a thrower he's a mid level talent at best with a low release point."
If the Bucs defense dominates the Vikings offense this Sunday then the team will win their second game of the year. If they don't it will be their worse loss of the year.
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