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Game Preview: Week 2 Bucs @ Vikings

by Roland Johnson on September 18, 2011

The Buccaneers have won seven of the last ten and four consecutive meetings with Minnesota, but the Vikings lead the all-time series 31-20. Tampa Bay also owns an 8-1 record over the last nine games played in Tampa. The series started in 1977, when Tampa Bay joined the NFC Central Division. Minnesota won, 9-3, at Tampa Stadium in 1977 before the Bucs upset the Vikings, 16-10, at Metropolitan Stadium in 1978. That win was just the third in franchise history and the first against a divisional opponent. Tampa Bay also won, 12-10, at the Met the following year en route to its first division title, breaking Minnesota’s six-year run as NFC Central champs. The Vikings won 10 of 12 contests from 1984-1989, but the series has tightened up in recent years. Tampa Bay and Minnesota split the season series in the final nine years (1993-2001) the two teams were in the NFC Central. The Bucs’ 41-13 decision in 2000 was the most lopsided victory for Tampa Bay in the long series; Minnesota’s most dominant win came in a 45-13 win in 1986. Tampa Bay posted 41 points in consecutive home wins against the Vikings in 2000 and 2001 and scored 38 points in the 2002 meeting, a 38-24 win. Tampa’s 24-13 victory at Minnesota in 2005 and 19-13 victory at Tampa in 2008 made it four-in-a-row over the Vikings.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 C.T.)
Site: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (64,111)
2011 Records: Tampa Bay 0-1, Minnesota 0-1
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Dick Stockton, Analyst: John Lynch
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost to Detroit, 27-20; Minnesota lost at San Diego, 24-17

Series By The Numbers
Overall Regular Season Series:…………….. Minnesota leads series, 20-31
Home Record vs. Minnesota Vikings:………………………………….. 13-13
Road Record vs. Minnesota Vikings:……………………………………..7-18
Current Streak:…………………………….Buccaneers, four games (2001-08)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:…………………………. Four games (2001-08)
Vikings Longest Streak:……………Five games, three times (last 1991-93)
Regular Season Point Total:……………….Buccaneers 910 – Vikings 1,093
Most Points, Buccaneers:……….. 41, twice, last Buccaneers 41-13 (2000)
Most Points, Vikings:……………………………….. 49, Vikings 49-20 (1988)
Most Points, both teams:………………………….. 69, Vikings 49-20 (1988)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:…………………………..0, Vikings 15-0 (1993)
Fewest Points, Vikings:………………………………….9, Vikings 9-3 (1977)
Fewest Points, both teams:…………………………..12, Vikings 9-3 (1977)

INJURY REPORT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Myron Lewis (ankle) Out
WR Sammie Stroughter (foot) Out
T James Lee (knee) Questionable
DE Da’Quan Bowers (shoulder) Probable

Minnesota Vikings
DE Adrian Awasom (knee) Questionable
LB EJ Henderson (knee) Questionable
CB Asher Allen (toe) Probable
WR Michael Jenkins (groin) Probable

ENEMY COACHES
Vikings Head Coach: Leslie Frazier
Vikings Offensive Coordinator: Fred Pagac
Vikings Defensive Coordinator: Bill Musgrave
Vikings Special Teams Coach: Mike Priefer

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 20th (315.0 ypg)
Rushing: 29th (56.0 ypg)
Passing: 14th (259.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 8th (2)
Points Scored: 20th (20.0 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 17th (431.0 ypg)
Rushing: 23rd (126.0 ypg)
Passing: 25th (305 ypg)
Sacks: 32nd (0)
Points Allowed: 19th (27.0 ppg)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS OFFENSE
Overall: 32nd (187.0 ypg)
Rushing: 7th (159.0 ypg)
Passing: 32nd (28.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 8th (2)
Points Scored: 22nd (17.0 ppg)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS DEFENSE
Overall: 27th (407.0 ypg)
Rushing: 12th (77.0 ypg)
Passing: 28th (330.0 ypg)
Sacks: 28th (2)
Points Allowed: 16th (24.0 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

BUCCANEERS 21
VIKINGS 17

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