The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings are facing off today in a matchup that might as well be a playoff game in early December.
A playoff game in week 14? For the Buccaneers and the Vikings, today’s matchup could have a greater impact on the season than any other game. Today is make or break for both teams, and the game should come down to the wire with massive playoff implications.
The Buccaneers(7-5) and the Vikings(6-6) are entering this game slightly below preseason expectations. No one expected the Vikings to experience such a slow start, and the Buccaneers are above .500, but they still aren’t where the fans know this team can play.
Today’s game will allow both of these teams to prove that they still have some gas left in the tank for a playoff appearance and that they can live up to their previous expectations.
In their last four games, the Vikings are three and one, while the Buccaneers are one and three. This is the tale of two very different starts to the season, as the Vikings started slow and heated up recently, while the Bucs started hot and have cooled off significantly as the season has progressed.
Here’s a dive into the both of these teams.