The Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into Thursday night’s game healthier than the Minnesota Vikings. Many of the Vikings’ key players have some short of injury. The Bucs have had the Vikings’ number in years past and will hope that they can defeat the Vikings’ beat-up team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be facing the Minnesota Vikings for the seventh time since 2001. The Bucs have won the last five meetings but the Vikings have not lost at home this season. Minnesota is a well-rounded team that could be challenging for the Bucs, but Josh Freeman needs to have another big for the Bucs to have a chance to win.