The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a Week 7 heart-breaker to the New Orleans Saints but don’t have much time to sit around sullen and dejected. The team will travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Thursday night and have plenty to prepare for.
Not only are the Vikings a surprising 5-2 this year, but the team possesses a dual threat on offense in running back Adrian Peterson, who is third in the NFL in rushing, and wide receiver Percy Harvin, who is second in the league in receptions.
The Buccaneers also have nine-game road losing streak hanging on their backs. Tampa Bay’s last win away from Raymond James Stadium came during Week 2 last year, ironically enough a come-from-behind win over the Vikings. Since they’ve been beaten, on average, by 20 points per game on the road.
To halt the losing streak, Tampa Bay is going to have to halt Peterson and Harvin and find a few ways around some of the other obstacles on the Vikings roster.