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Buccaneers Halftime Report: Bucs 20, Vikings 10

Both of these teams are evenly matched when it comes to the talent on their teams and that’s been evident as we’ve now played a full half of ball in Minneapolis. So far the Vikings have played sloppy, but benefited from a poor third down defense for the Buccaneers. Tampa has capitalized on massive Minnesota turnovers in their own territory, but have struggled to stretch the field.

Doug Martin has looked sharp so far and this marks the third straight game since the bye week that Martin has seen a serious workload and he’s made the most of it so far. Martin has 16 carries and over 100 yards through one half of football and has been vicious with the stiff arm thus far.

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 Bucs

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Vikings

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10

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Mike Williams aslo deserves a nod for reaching the endzone once again, the third such time that’s happened this season. With Vincent Jackson on the field, Williams has continued to flourish this season, and although he’s got just 2 catches at the half, one of them was gigantic.

But Josh Freeman and his composure has without a doubt helped the Bucs stay in the game. He’s struggled when tasked with marching down the field, but the last drive before halftime was evidence he might be able to break out of the funk in the second half. He’s not lighting up the stat sheet, but he’s managing and that’s something he needs to hone.

At the very least, the Buccaneers are winning by two possessions on the road in an incredibly difficult building to play and against a 5-2 team. The Vikings might not be a serious contender, but they’re not the Kansas City Chiefs, and if the Bucs can manage, this is going to be a huge confidence boosting win.

 

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