Bucs Thwarted by Vikings' Case Study

QB Jameis Winston says he’s focused on the deep-ball chances to De Sean Jackson he missed in the opener “We left a lot out there.”

Sam Bradford has been ruled out playing in Week 3 when the Minnesota Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but there is silver lining to be found.

The Buccaneers' defense did a relatively good job holding red-hot rookie back Dalvin Cook in check early, until a couple long runs in the second half.

QB Case Keenum connected with WR Jarius Wright for a short touchdown pass midway through the second quarter on Sunday.

Minneapolis, MN- Quarterback Case Keenum was ineffective last Sunday while taking the place of an injured Sam Bradford. He put on a play-action passing clinic, finding Diggs and fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen (five catches, 98 yards) open at will. The Tampa defense looked pretty solid in a 29-7 win over the Chicago Bears last week, picking off two passes and holding the Bears to just 20 yards rushing. Jackson had his first big game for the Buccaneers, catching four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and also drawing a key pass interference penalty.

Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

Jameis Winston threw two touchdowns in the third quarter, but also had three costly interceptions in Minnesota territory to end other scoring opportunities. Bradford did not play in the Vikings 26-9 loss to Pittsburgh last week, and told reporters that his status for the game against Tampa Bay will depend on how his knee responds during the week.

Reedy gave the Bucs a nice start for the next drive by returning the kickoff 50 yards to the Minnesota 46. They converted only one of six third downs. LB Lavonte David was carted off with 3:14 left in the game after Vikings TE David Morgan fell on his left leg. CB Trae Waynes, S Andrew Sendejo and S Harrison Smith all had interceptions for Minnesota.

The Vikings moved to (2-1) with a victory over Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay got another stop but the Vikings were still able to tack on Forbath's 37-yard field goal to make it a three-score contest again.

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