Bucs at Vikings
1 p.m., Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5 FM
Line/over-under: Vikings by 3; 411/2
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Lions 27, Bucs 20
1 p.m. today, Ch. 13
4:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Ch. 13 *
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4:05 p.m. Oct. 9, Ch. 13
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1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *
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8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL *
1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13
How would you describe the battle last week between Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib (interception return for a touchdown) and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (six catches, 88 yards, two touchdowns)?
Talib held his own against Johnson: 7 percent
Talib took Johnson out of the game: 1 percent
Total: 696 votes
By the numbers
28 Net passing yards by Donovan McNabb last week against the Chargers (39 gross, minus-11 on sacks), the fewest for the Vikings since 1971
21-30 Bucs' record against the Vikings, including 4-0 over the past four and 7-3 over the past 10
187 Total yards for the Vikings last week, fewest in the NFL
26 Sacks for Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, eighth in franchise history and just behind Broderick Thomas' 261/2
15 Rushing touchdowns by the Bucs' Earnest Graham, tied with Lars Tate for eighth in franchise history and one behind Ricky Bell
What they're saying
I hate to say it because of the respect I have for Raheem Morris, but the Buccaneers were outcoached (last week). They completely abandoned the running game and lost focus of their game plan. The Bucs have a trap game in Week 2 against Minnesota, and they can't afford to overlook it.
Brian Billick Fox Sports
Aqib Talib, while dangerous, also is more of a gambler than typically seen in a Tampa 2 scheme. Considering the Vikings' anemic passing attack, he might be trying to jump routes, so there's a chance the Vikings could catch him out of position.
Mark Craig Minneapolis Star Tribune
In the same imploring voice that Elaine Benes used when she said in the broilingly humid Del Boca Vista apartment of Jerry's parents, "Mrs. Seinfeld, I beg you, please turn on the air conditioning," I urge Donovan McNabb to walk into offensive team meetings and say to coordinator Bill Musgrave: "Coach, please call some plays for me to throw to the tight ends!" I mean, Kyle Rudolph is an impact player if someone would allow it to happen. Bucs, 20-10.
Peter King Sports Illustrated
This is a battle between two teams that didn't look good last week. … Josh Freeman is too good to have two bad games in a row. I say he bounces back against the Vikings and gets the road victory. Bucs, 21-17.
Pete Prisco CBS Sportsline
Vikings have some offensive weapons even if that wasn't always apparent in the opener. Donovan McNabb will rebound from his cover-your-eyes debut. Vikings, 24-20.
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times
Johnson got the better of Talib: 54 percent
Johnson embarrassed Talib: 22 percent
Call it a draw: 16 percent