Buccaneers vs. Vikings: Postgame Grades, Notes and Quotes for Tampa Bay

August 16, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Jameis Winston era finally got underway Saturday night with plenty of highs and lows, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Minnesota Vikings 26-16 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Winston completed nine of this 19 pass attempts for 131 yards and an interception, adding an eight-yard touchdown on the ground. The rookie quarterback and top overall draft pick overcame a rocky start to deliver some quality throws and command an effective two-minute offense near the end of the first half, leading to his rushing score.
The Vikings offense took advantage of a Tampa Bay defense that is still trying to get comfortable in the Tampa 2 scheme, as their quarterbacks combined to complete 27 of their 33 passes for 293 yards, two touchdowns—both thrown by backup Shaun Hill—and no interceptions.
Minnesota got out to an early 9-0 lead thanks to a 46-yard Blair Walsh field goal and a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Zach Line, followed ...

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