There are some important implications surrounding the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.
The Bucs are in arguably the NFL's weakest division, certainly in the NFC, and have just one conference win which came over the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.
Minnesota is definitely on the rise with its 5-2 start and are coming off an impressive win in Week 7 at home against the Arizona Cardinals. It was an important victory, especially because Minnesota had previously lost to the Washington Redskins on the road.
So the Vikings got a strong win on Sunday, whereas Tampa was outscored by the explosive New Orleans Saints. To that end, here's a preview of this vital Thursday night NFC matchup.