The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to improve to 2-5 as they face the Minnesota Vikings at home.
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The 1-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to prove that they are not the worst team in the NFL as they face the Minnesota Vikings, who have also struggled with a 2-5 record.
The Buccaneers are coming off a bye week following a 48-17 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and their defense was humiliated as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes in the first half.
Running back Doug Martin has been unable to shine since the Buccaneers have had to play from behind in all of their games.
They may be able to take a lead against the Vikings though, who have sputtered in the last three games as they have failed to score more than 16 points in each of those losses.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has struggled since performing well against the Atlanta Falcons, but he will have another weak defense to take advantage of.
Running back Jerick McKinnon has established himself as the feature back of the Vikings offense in Adrian Peterson’s absence, and he rushed for 103 yards against the Buffalo Bills.
The Vikings have a respectable defense unlike the Buccaneers, so that and their offense should be able to give them the edge.
Prediction: Vikings 27, Buccaneers 17