Published February 05, 2015
MINNESOTA (2-5) at TAMPA BAY (1-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Buccaneers by 2½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 3-4, Tampa Bay 2-4
SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 31-22
LAST MEETING — Buccaneers beat Vikings 36-17, Oct. 25, 2012
LAST WEEK — Vikings lost to Bills 17-16; Buccaneers had bye, lost to Ravens 48-17 , Oct. 12
AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 25, Buccaneers No. 31
VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (10), PASS (32).
VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (19), PASS (9).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (28), PASS (24).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (25), PASS (32).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Buccaneers have won six straight in series Vikings dominated while Tampa Bay and Minnesota were members of old NFC Central from 1977-2001. Bucs have won eight of past nine played in Tampa. ... Since beating Atlanta in rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater's first career start, Vikings have dropped three in row while scoring 10, 3 and 16 points. ... Bridgewater threw his first touchdown as pro last week against Buffalo. ... Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon leads NFC rookies with 340 yards rushing, including two 100-yard performances in past four weeks. ... Minnesota DE Everson Griffen is tied for NFC lead in sacks with seven. ... Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, fired after 5-10-1 finish last season, is Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator. ... Tampa Bay is 0-3 at home. ... Bucs are yielding NFL-high 422.8 yards per game and also rank last in scoring defense after giving up 56, 37 and 48 in last three losses. Opponents are averaging 34. ... Second-year QB Mike Glennon figures to make his fourth start in place of injured Josh McCown, who hasn't played since injuring thumb on throwing hand on Sept. 18. ...McCown, who beat Minnesota while playing for Chicago in 2013, returned to practice this week following Bucs' bye. So did S Dashon Goldson (ankle) and CB Johnthan Banks (neck). Two Buccaneers, FB Jorvorskie Lane and Da' Quan Bowerswill not play after being suspended two games for violating NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
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