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Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick & Prediction DEC 13TH 2020

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Taking advantage of a late bye week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged refreshed Sunday and improved their playoff prospects with a 26-14 victory over the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was 15 of 23 in the air for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including a momentum-changing 48-yard touchdown pass in the first half to Scotty Miller. Antonio Brown had five catches for 49 yards for Tampa Bay, while Ronald Jones II had 18 carries for 80 yards and a TD.

The Buccaneers (8-5) had lost three of four games before their bye but entered holding the No. 6 spot in the NFC's playoff pecking order. The top seven teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who entered as the second leading rusher in the NFL had 102 yards on 22 carries, including his NFL-leading 14th touchdown. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was 24 of 37 for 225 yards and a touchdown as Minnesota lost for the second time in seven games.

The Vikings (6-7) dropped out of playoff eligibility with the loss and the Arizona Cardinals' victory over the New York Giants.

The Buccaneers took control by reeling off 23 consecutive points from the middle of the second quarter through the first drive of the second half. The scoring outburst was capped by a 2-yard TD pass from Brady to Rob Grownkowski just under five minutes into the second half.

The Vikings pulled to within 23-14 on a 14-yard TD pass from Cousins to Irv Smith Jr. just before the start of the fourth quarter, but they were undone on the day by three missed field goals and a missed extra point by Dan Bailey.

The Vikings had 191 total yards in the first half but scored just once on Cook's 1-yard run on the second play of the second quarter for a 6-0 lead.

The Buccaneers took over from there as Brady and Miller hooked up on their long TD pass over the middle for a 7-6 lead with 7:41 remaining before the half. After Bailey missed a 54-yard field goal attempt, the Buccaneers drove 56 yards, getting a 1-yard TD run from Jones for a 14-6 lead less than a minute before the half.

The Buccaneers added an 18-yard field goal from Ryan Succop for a 17-6 lead at halftime, with Succop also hitting from 48 yards with 5:20 remaining to cap the scoring.

--Field Level Media

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Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Position Lineup
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jalyn Holmes primary: Left End Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Right End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Ezra Cleveland primary: Right Guard Starter
Cameron Dantzler primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Starter
Todd Davis primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Blake Lynch primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andrew DePaola primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Eric Kendricks primary: Linebacker Not active
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Not active
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Not active
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Dylan Mabin primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Antony Auclair primary: Tight End Starter
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ronald Jones II primary: Runningback Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
Herb Miller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chapelle Russell primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Ross Cockrell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Steve McLendon primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Antonio Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Not active
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Not active
Jeremiah Ledbetter primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Not active

Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Match Start
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Ronald Jones II
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 19 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 48 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Scotty Miller
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Tom Brady
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Irv Smith Jr.
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Pass Receiver: Rob Gronkowski
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Kansas City W 9 - 31
  • @Green Bay W 31 - 26
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Buccaneers 14-26
  • Buccaneers @ Vikings 17-34
  • Buccaneers @ Vikings 16-26
  • Vikings @ Buccaneers 19-13
  • Buccaneers @ Vikings 36-17
  • Buccaneers @ Vikings 24-20
  • Vikings @ Buccaneers 13-19

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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