Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

TPP Pregame Report: Buccaneers vs. Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Location: Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN

Time:  ET/Noon CT

TV: Fox

Announcers: Dick Stockton and John Lynch

Weather: Dome

Line: Vikings by 3

Injury Report: MINNESOTA – LB E.J. Henderson (Game Time Decision), DE Adrian Awasom (Questionable), WR Michael Jenkins (Probable), CB Asher Allen (Probable)

TAMPA BAY – CB Myron Lewis (Out), WR Sammie Stroughter (Out), TE Kellen Winslow (Non-injury Related), T James Lee (Questionable), DE Da’Quan Bowers (Probable)

Key Matchup: Adrian Peterson vs. Bucs Defensive Line

Last Week: Buccaneers lost to Lions 27-20, Vikings lost to Chargers 24-17

Last Meeting: November 16, 2008 – Buccaneers 19, Vikings 13

Series History (Since 2001): Tampa Bay leads 4-1

Last Minute Preview: The Bucs need a win in Minneapolis to bounce back from a home loss last week to Detroit. The game will come down to how effective Adrian Peterson is and what kind of field position he gives the Vikings. He’s special trick is skipping over the field position and just scoring himself. Tampa’s frontline must stop Peterson as much as they can in order to force the aged Donovan McNabb to beat them with his weak receiving corps. Michael Jenkins is hurt but not so much to take him out of the game. Tampa’s corners should take care of the Viking receivers and Percy Harvin will be isolated and won’t handle the pressure. It will be a close game, but McNabb will throw a few picks and Josh Freeman will take advantage. The run game will need to be established early to avoid a forced pass game like last week. Jared Allen will feed his sack hunger, but the Bucs mustn’t let is effect them. Same goes for the high decibel crowd that will pour in and get loud for the Vikings home opener. It won’t be easy but if played correctly, this is a winnable game for Tampa Bay.

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