• Bucs race to 10-0 lead, looking for more

    Summary of 11 articles · Updated Oct 26, 2012
    Say this for the Bucs defense: You never know what you're going to get. The Bucs had field position most of the night, and the Vikings defense could not stop the Bucs offense. And the Bucs lead by 10 points at halftime of Thursday night’s game against the Vikings. Come to think of it, the Bucs never have had a guy that’s gotten firmly established as a franchise quarterback. When he had reached the Bucs locker room, after running through the gauntlet of teammates, coaches and owners, the celebration make that the coronation began. With the Vikings holding Tampa to a punt after a 51-yard field goal from Blair Walsh cut the deficit from 13 and getting the ball back with 25 seconds left from their own 25, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dialed up a pass and quarterback Christian Ponder nearly threw a pick.
    • Hartman: Thursday road curse doesn't affect Bucs

      Tampa Bay bucked a trend by winning on the road, outplaying the Vikings on offense and defense.
    • Bucs get aggressive on defense, beat up on Vikings

      MINNEAPOLIS -- If you thought the Bucs defense played with an edge Thursday night, you’d be correct. And that edge comes from an attitude that is taking hold in the locker room. On defense, the Bucs have a group of players who employ an aggressive appr
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    • Thoughts on Vikings' 36-17 loss to Tampa Bay

      The Vikings fell to 5-3, and here are five points to ponder.
    • Bucs defense keeps pressure on Vikings

      By Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer Friday, October 26, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS - Say this for the Bucs defense: You never know what you're going to get.It might be the passive, coverage-heavy approach that failed in Sunday's 35-28 loss to the Saints.Or,
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    • Wrap-up: Buccaneers 36, Vikings 17

      Thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 36-17 victory against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on Thursday night: What it means: This was a big step for the Bucs as they continue to build around a lot of young players with a first-year coach…
    • Bucs hold 10-point edge at the half

      The Buccaneers have scored 10 points on Minnesota turnovers.  And the Bucs lead by 10 points at halftime of Thursday night’s game against the Vikings. Quarterback Josh Freeman has thrown a pair of touchdown passes.  His numbers otherwise aren’t stel
    • Doug Martin leads Bucs past Vikings 36-17

      By Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer Thursday, October 25, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS - Doug Martin moved forward as arms slapped his shoulder pads while he bumped off bodies, ducking and weaving until he broke free of all the people trying to get a piece of him Th
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    • Bucs, Vikings inactives

      MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bucs and Vikings are warming up for tonight's 8:20 kickoff, and the lineups for both teams are in. For the Bucs, the inactives are as follows: cornerback Myron Lewis, running back Michael Smith, defensive back Keith Tandy, linebacker …
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  • Vikings say Bucs “beat our brains in” and “kicked our butts”

    After giving up 36 points in a loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday night, the Vikings’ defensive ends were at a loss for answers. Other than acknowledging that the Bucs had just physically whipped them. “Bottom line is they did a good job of pretty muc

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