Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

Here's a closer look at winners and losers from Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

If the Vikings were to entertain any hopes to getting to this season's Super Bowl, played in their home stadium, then they'll need another strong start without the fall-off of 2016. In that contest, Tampa Bay had a +3 turnover ratio; in Minnesota, they committed three turnovers without securing a single takeaway. Eli Manning completed 35 of 45 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions.

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When Xavier Rhodes was in his final season at Florida State in 2012, the scout team quarterback that fall was a redshirt with a big arm and bigger aspirations.

According to the Associated Press, more than 100 National Football League players sat or knelt in protest on Sunday. They were only able to sack Winston twice, but they were in his face and kept the pressure on him.

Keenum's 369 yards in the game was a career high.

"I thought he played great, made great decisions, took care of the football", Zimmer said. McCoy added. "Not just that, but he can catch".

The second-round draft pick out of Florida State, a former college teammate of Jameis Winston who many felt would also wind up playing with the Bucs, leads the NFC with 191 yards rushing through two games. Jackson had his first big game for the Buccaneers, catching four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and also drawing a key pass interference penalty.

"If I can't pass protect, I'm not going to be out there, plain and simple", Cook said.

Vikings will be without their quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday due to a knee injury.

Keenum played pitch and catch like it was the family bragging rights street game before Thanksgiving dinner. He'll be a better weapon when he can compliment Martin, but he can get the job done. That drive began at the Minnesota 46-yard line. The Vikings (2-1) converted the pick into a 37-yard Kai Forbath field goal that extended their lead to 17 points.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released a statement before the game saying they appreciated the diverse perspectives of the team, and that they fully support the right of players, coaches and staff to "respectfully and peacefully express their beliefs".

The Vikings defense will hold DeSean Jackson, and prevent running back Jacquizz Rodgers from escaping for significant gains.

The Bucs had to wait a week to begin their season thanks to Hurrican Irma and took it out on the Chicago Bears last Sunday with a solid 29-7 beat down. Two plays later, Cook dived over left guard for the score, though he lost the ball in the process.

Shook continued that the Vikings should be pleased with their performance in "two of the first three weeks" this season.

When healthy, Bradford seems to play well for the Vikings. Diggs started it with a diving 17-yard catch on the left sideline.

"To see (Keenum) go out there, make some passes and have confidence in his receivers... we came out swinging", Diggs said. With Keenum keeping the Steelers defense dishonest, Dalvin Cook was bottled up for just 12 carries for 64 yards.

Vikings vs Buccaneers tv channel schedule is on Fox. But the accidental starter scrubbed regret about his acquisition as the Vikings muddle through their perennial quarterback conundrum one unpredictable week at a time.