Bucs-Vikings Preview

October 26 – In Week 3, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to a desperate Minnesota Vikings team, 20-16. Four weeks later, the situation will be just the opposite. The Bucs are the team with their backs against the wall while the Vikings are playing well. Will the Vikings kick the Bucs while they are down or will the Pewter Pirates save their season by beating Minnesota at home in Raymond James Stadium? Buccaneer Magazine has the Vikings-Bucs preview.

MATCHUP: Minnesota Vikings (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN:: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET. on FOX

PLAY-BY-PLAY: : Dick Stockton, Troy Aikman and Daryl "Moose" Johnston

LAST WEEK: The Minnesota Vikings dismantled the visiting Green Bay Packers, 35-13. Minnesota's defense is usually seen as its weakness, but they held QB Brett Favre to 169 yards passing. Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to help hand the Packers they worst regular season loss in eight seasons.

Culpepper threw for 184 yards and completed 18-of-27 passes. He ran nine times for 70 yards. RB Doug Chapman, who was subbing for injured Michael Bennett, rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were embarrassed at home by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-10. The score make the game look closer than it actually was. The Steelers defense dominated the game by sacking QB Brad Johnson 10 times. Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis rushed for 149 yards and averaged 8.4 yards per carry against the Bucs defense. Tampa Bay WR Keyshawn Johnson hauled in 10 passes for 159 yards, but Tampa Bay's offense could not find the end zone until the final minute of the game when WR Frank Murphy caught a touchdown pass from Johnson.

LAST SEASON The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC Central Division and made it to the NFC Championship Game before being eliminated by the New York Giants.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: Week 3 2001: Tampa Bay went into Minnesota to face a winless and desperate Vikings team and almost came away with a win. But the Bucs fell short to the Vikings, 20-16. The Bucs had not played a game in three weeks before facing the Vikings. The offense was able to move the ball well against Minnesota's defense, but could only manage field goals instead of touchdowns. Tampa Bay's defense came close to sacking QB Daunte Culpepper on several occasions, but he was able to escape their relentless pass rush and pick apart Tampa Bay's 4-3 Cover 2 defense.

BUCS-VIKINGS SERIES: The Vikings lead the all-time series against the Bucs, 31-16. The Bucs and Vikings have split the season series eight consecutive years. Minnesota is 0-3 in Raymond James Stadium.

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