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It’s only Wednesday, but the Buccaneers play tomorrow night in Minnesota.  The Vikings are a surprising 5-2 to start the season.  They have had success thus far with their well balanced team.  Their defense has been playing near an elite level and of course they have some guy named Adrian Peterson.  They have been unbeatable at home this year, with a perfect 4-0 record, so Tampa doesn’t exactly have an easy task ahead of them.

Minnesota’s record is impressive, but their competition has not been.  The only team they have played with a current record above .500 is the Niners, but to be fair they did beat them,   Their two losses have come against some less than remarkable teams in Indianapolis and Washington.  I guess the key to winning is starting a rookie QB..  In all seriousness, the Vikings can be beat.  They have only blown out one team this year, and that was the Titans.

The key to the Vikings is Adrian Peterson.  The guy is simply not human.  He tore his ACL last Christmas Eve and he started week one.  And isn’t like he is playing at a low level.  He is averaging over 90 yards a game.  His most since 2008 when he ran for 1760 yards. To make matters worse, Leslie Frazier stated he that is finally ready to stop pulling back the reigns on Peterson.  I don’t really believe he was holding him back too much, but the point is Peterson is as close to 100% that he has been since before his injury.

If the Bucs can find any way to slow down the All World RB, they can probably beat the Vikings.  Christian Ponder has been serviceable, but not outstanding.  He played pretty miserable in their last win over the Cardinals.  He had just 58 yards on 8 of 17 passing.  He has thrown for 6 interceptions in his last 3 games, compared to just 5 touchdowns.  2 of those were wins, so getting to Ponder isn’t the only thing they need to do.

The defense has been pretty stout.  They have done a great job getting to the QB, but really haven’t done anything else great.  Don’t get me wrong, they are solid across the board, but nothing really stands out besides their pass rush.  Jared Allen leads to the team with 6 sacks through 7 games.  He is an incredible player, so stopping him won’t be an easy task.  Luckily for the Bucs, their offense has finally broken out.  They may be in for a rude awakening facing a better defense.  Josh Freeman will have to keep playing at a high level to come out ahead in this game.

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