Bucs-Vikings Game Notes

November 3 - PewterReport.com has compiled a notebook with news and notes from Tampa Bay's 38-24 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

INJURY UPDATE: Brad Johnson started at QB despite playing with broken ribs. DT Anthony McFarland (broken arm), WR Joe Jurevicius (sprained knee/ankle), WR Keenan McCardell (broken shoulder), and LG Kerry Jenkins (broken orbital bone) did not play. QB Rob Johnson (buttocks strain) was relegated to third-string status.

BUCS' INACTIVES: FB Darian Barnes, CB Tim Wansley, RB Travis Stephens, DT Anthony McFarland, G Kerry Jenkins, WR Keenan McCardell, WR Joe Jurevicius and QB Rob Johnson.

KJ'S BIG DAY: Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson came up big against Minnesota. Johnson hauled in a season-high nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson, who notched his 100th career start on Sunday, has three touchdowns on the season, which is two more than he had last year. He extended his consecutive catch streak to 102 straight games with a reception. Johnson posted his second 100-yard game of the season and has 15 100-yard games in his seven-year NFL career.

MASTERY OVER MINNESOTA: By winning 38-24 on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now won the last five home contests against the Minnesota Vikings. Tampa Bay has averaged 34.2 points per game in the last five home victories, scoring 38 points in 2002, 41 points in 2001 and 2000, 24 points in 1999 and 27 points in 1998. The Vikings have never won in Raymond James Stadium and their last road win over the Bucs came at Tampa Stadium in 1997, 10-6.

QUICK HITS: WR Charles Lee saw his first action in a Bucs uniform. ... Tampa Bay's 7-2 record matches the best start by a Buccaneers team (1979). ... The 24 points scored by Minnesota against the Bucs defense was the most surrendered all year by the unit. ... Mike Alstott started in place of Michael Pittman at halfback and logged a season-high 26 carries for 55 yard (6.3 average). Pittman had a season-low three carries, but rushed for 19 yards (6.3 avg.) with a long of 14. ... Tampa Bay DE Simeon Rice had two sacks against Minnesota and now has 7.5 on the year, which ties him for the team lead with DT Warren Sapp. ... Since 1998, every team (22) with seven or more wins in its first nine games has reached the playoffs, and of those 22 teams, 11 have reached at least the conference championship. ...The Bucs scored on their first four possessions against the Vikings. ... The Bucs only had two punts against the Vikings. Martin Gramatica recorded his first NFL punt on a fake field. His pooch kick went for 23 yards. ... The Bucs need just two more wins in the last seven games to equal last year's 9-7 record.


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