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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings: The poll, by the numbers, what they're saying

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

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Lions 27, Bucs 20

at Vikings

1 p.m. today, Ch. 13


4:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Ch. 13 *


8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, ESPN *

at 49ers

4:05 p.m. Oct. 9, Ch. 13


4:15 p.m. Oct. 16, Ch. 13 *

Bears #

1 p.m. Oct. 23, Ch. 13

at Saints

1 p.m. Nov. 6, 1 p.m.


1 p.m. Nov. 13, Ch. 10 *

at Packers

1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ch. 13

at Titans

1 p.m. Nov. 27, Ch. 13


1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *

at Jaguars

1 p.m. Dec. 11, Ch. 13


8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL *

at Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13

The poll

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

The picks

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings: The poll, by the numbers, what they're saying 09/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:34am]
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