Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
NFL: Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings for a week 3 matchup on Sunday afternoon. Sam Bradford is expected to play as he missed the game against Pittsburgh with a bone bruise. Bradford had 346 passing yards and three touchdowns in a win against the Saints in week one. Tampa Bay is looking to build off a 9-7 season last year. The offense is led by Jameis Winston who had 4,090 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. Winston has a talented group of receivers led by Mike Evans and veteran Desean Jackson. Can Winston lead the Buccaneers to a big road win?
Buccaneers dominate Bears
On Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Chicago Bears 29-7 in their first game due to Hurricane Irma. The Buccaneers held the Bears scoreless until they scored a touchdown with just under two minutes to play. Quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 204 yards and a touchdown. Jacquizz Rodgers led the Bucs ground attack with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. Peyton Barber had 47 rushing yards on 10 carries. A huge key in the game was turnovers as the Bears had four and the Bucs only had one. Tampa Bay held Chicago running backs Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard to a combined 20 yards on 16 carries. Mike Evans led all receivers with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.
Shorthanded Vikings struggle against Steelers
The Minnesota Vikings lost 26-9 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. The team couldn’t get anything going on offense as backup quarterback Case Keenum struggled in the place of Bradford. Keenum had 167 passing yards on 20/37 completions. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook led the ground attack with 64 yards on only 12 carries. Tight end Kyle Rudolph led the Vikings with 45 receiving yards, and Adam Thielen had 44 yards. The Vikings struggled to contain Ben Roethlisberger, who had 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh outgained Minnesota 335-237 in total yards. The Steelers controlled the game as they had possession for 34 minutes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Minnesota Vikings are:
- 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 4-1 under in last 5 games in Week 3.
With Bradford expected to play the Vikings offense should look much better than it did against Pittsburgh. The problem is that they are taking on a dangerous team led by Winston. Look for Tampa Bay to keep the game within a possession, even if they can’t pull out the victory.