Vikings' defense took care of business vs. Bucs

Joy Montgomery
September 25, 2017

With Sam Bradford out for a second straight game with an injury to his left knee, Keenum led the Vikings to a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Keenum has beaten the Buccaneers in three straight seasons, the past two with the Rams. 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. The Buccaneers entered the game missing a starter from every unit of the defense and dealt with injuries to defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) and safety T.J. Ward (hip) in the second half. Three plays later, Diggs ran a deep post down the middle and caught a 47-yard pass just over the hands of Ryan Smith.

This week, this is a convenient truth, as there is only one game film to watch with Keenum running the Vikings offense. However, the Vikings won the last meetings between these two teams, a 19-13 overtime win in 2014. Later in the quarter Keenum threw the ball up for Stefon Diggs.

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She also asked the children about their favorite foods and stressed the importances of eating lots of vegetables and fruits. She regularly held events in the garden and wrote her first book, "American Grown", about her experience of planting it.

Already without three starters for health reasons, defensive tackle Chris Baker, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Brent Grimes, the Buccaneers defense took even more hits during the game. A sack of Winston and a holding call that erased a big third-down conversion put the Bucs in a bad spot but Winston converted a third-and-14 with an 18-yard pass to Brate.

And the Vikings' defense didn't look back after that. Zimmer said he probably won't know until gametime, meaning the Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be in the dark about Bradford until gametime on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV). After Ward broke up a third-down pass in the middle of the end zone, kicker Kai Forbath came in to bang a 20-yarder through the pipes. 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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