Bucs-Vikings Preview

September 28 – When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, it will have been 20 days since they played regular season opener at Dallas. The Buccaneers are licking their chops at the opportunity of handing the Vikings their third straight loss of the season while Minnesota is attempting to save their season with their first win. Buccaneer Magazine has the Bucs-Vikings preview.

MATCHUP: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

WHERE: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis , Minnesota

WHEN:: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET. on FOX

PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Madden and Pat Summerall

LAST WEEK: The Minnesota Vikings lost to the hometown Chicago Bears, 17-10. The visiting Vikings, who were coming off of a home loss to the Carolina Panthers on opening day, allowed the Bears to outscore them 17-7 in the second half, including two late touchdowns. The Vikings knocked starting QB Shane Matthews out of the game with an injury and completed 18-of-29 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings defense allowed Miller to hook up with WR Marty Booker nine times for 95 yards. Wide receiver Marcus Robinson, who had not played in the Bears first game of the season, caught seven passes for 99 yards, including the game-winning 24-yard touchdown.

Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper completed 24-of-36 passes for 233 yards and also rushed for 42 yards. While Culpepper was able to hook up with WR Randy Moss five times for 81 yards, he was only able to connect with WR Chris Carter one time for 13 yards. To make matters worse, the Vikings may have lost Pro Bowl SS Robert Griffith for the season after he broke his right leg on the opening kickoff.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not play a game last week due to their scheduled bye week. When the Bucs take the field against Minnesota on Sunday, 20 days will have passed since played their first game of the regular season at Dallas.

LAST SEASON The Vikings won the NFC Central Division last season with a record of 11-5 and went on to lose to the New York Giants, 41-0, in the NFC Championship Game.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: October 29, 2000- The Buccaneers avenged their road loss to Minnesota earlier in the season by defeating the Vikings at home, 41-13. Tampa Bay scored on their first four possesions of the game and took a 31-10 lead into halftime thanks to the consistent play of their offense and the stellar play of their defense.

Injury Report: The Buccaneers are going into Sunday contest against Minnesota fairly healthy. DT James Cannida is OUT with an MCL sprain and rookie G Russ Hochstein (leg) is QUESTIONABLE.

BUCS-VIKINGS SERIES: The Vikings lead the all-time series, 30-16, and Tampa Bay is 6-17 lifetime at Minnesota. The last time the Buccaneers won in Minnesota was in 1997, when Tampa Bay downed the Vikings, 28-14.

Tampa Bay and Minnesota have split the season series in each of the previous eight seasons. This will be the last time Tampa Bay visits Minnesota to take on the Vikings as a member of the NFC Central Division.


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