I remember growing up a Bucs fan, while my father grew up a loyal, die-hard Vikings. The Bucs and the Vikings squared off twice a year from 1977 to 2001 as NFC Central division rivals. Since then, the Vikings and Buccaneers have met 5 times, with Tampa Bay winning 4 of those games. The Vikings only win versus the Bucs came in 2014, at Raymond James Stadium, but if you recall that unfortunate 2014 season, we would have probably lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide, so I’m not really looking at that particular loss.
Tampa Bay’s most memorable win over the Vikings comes in 2000. The Vikings came into the game undefeated with a 14-0 record, and the Bucs absolutely destroyed that Dante Culpepper/Randy Moss team 41-13. I genuinely think Minnesota never recovered from that loss, even if they made it to the NFC Championship game that season, ultimately losing to the Giants 41-0. In my opinion, that season, more then any other, was the downfall for the Minnesota Vikings. Since 2001, the Vikings have been through 4 head coaches culminating in the hiring of Mike Zimmer after the 2013 season. Zimmer has done a solid job in Minnesota so far, but even he hasn’t been able to fix the offensive line crisis, especially as of late.
Sunday’s game will be in Minnesota with a 1 pm kick off on FOX. Although currently the spread sits at even, the Bucs, with a record of 1-0, should be the favorites after last weeks impressive win over the Chicago Bears, while the Vikings come into the game at 1-1, after having lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This should be a fun game Bucs fans, and without Sam Bradford starting, I honestly can’t foresee how we possibly lose this game. Go Bucs