Week 8: Vikings v. Bucs

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  1. JSimms

    JSimms TLY Season 1 Champs!

    Oct 25, 2009
    Vikings Win Defensive Battle; Hand Bucs Third Straight Loss

    Vikings: 21
    Buccaneers: 7

    The Vikings and Buccaneers came into their Week 8 match-up with similar records, but the two teams were clearly moving in different directions as we approach the halfway point of the season. The Bucs were coming off two straight losses in high scoring affairs, while the Vikings were coming off of four straight wins behind a defense averaging 17.5 points scored against over that span (which was inflated by a 44-41 win versus Detroit.)

    The game started off slow, as both teams faltered in the red zone (the Bucs fumbled; Ponder threw an INT.) The Vikings would strike first in the 2nd quarter, as AP would rumble in from 12 yards out. After a Chris Cook interception of Josh Freeman, the Vikings would score again on a 1-yd QB sneak by backup QB Joe Webb. The Bucs would answer, however, as Freeman hit Mike Williams on a 23 yard strike at the pylon (a highlight throw and catch). Score at half: Vikings 14; Bucs 7.

    The second half would be dominated by the Viking defense, as they forced another red zone turnover (Chris Cook's second INT). On offense, the Bucs would get a heavy dose of AP, as he ended the day with 127 yards on 18 carries. The Bucs would finish with less than 200 yards of total offense, but the game wouldn't be put away until the 4th quarter when Ponder hit Jerome Simpson on a curl that he took 58 yards for the score. Final score - 21-7.

    gg BirdDog1980
  2. BirdDog1980

    BirdDog1980 Walk On

    Mar 27, 2012
    Not a whole lot to say here.. Tampa had plenty of opportunities to tie this one up.. getting an INT in the endzone, and causing an AP fumble early in the 4th, but they couldn't take advantage. Josh Freeman played like trash again today, and he is a big reason why Tampa is now on a 3 game losing streak after starting 4-0. Pretty sure he's had an INT in every game this season, and it wouldn't suprise me if he's leading the league in INTs. 2 redzone turnovers (a fumble and an INT), ended up being huge, and likely decided the game.

    Minnesota's defense was pretty stout today.. giving up almost nothing in the air. Tampa did have some success on the ground, but they seemed to get away from the running game. It was 14-7 Vikings all the way up till about 3 minutes to go in the game, then Minnesota caught Tampa in an overload blitz.. the safteys were rotating over to the right.. I tried to correct it and get them back in position, but couldn't do it in time.. Ponder hit Simpson on a short curl over the middle and there were no safteys there.. he had an easy walk into the endzone to make it 21-7 late in the game.

    Now sitting at 4-3 and a full 2 games back on the Saints in the NFC South, the Bucs have to go back to the drawing board. They have to fix a number of things.. #1 being ball controll. Way too many turnovers for the Bucs, and it has killed them in the last month. You can bet that Coach Berding will give them a pretty good workout this week in practice. Still lots of time left as we head into the 2nd half of the season, but they have to correct some things quickly. Tampa has a 2 game stretch of AFC West opponents coming up in Oakland and San Diego and they are no pushovers.

    GG JSimms Heck of a defense you got up there in Minny.
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