MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Phil Loadholt #71 and Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 18, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Just like what we saw last week, it's been a completely different second half for the Minnesota Vikings, as they lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a touchdown, 17-10. Tampa Bay has scored 10 unanswered points since coming out of the locker room, and mixed in an onside kick for good measure.
It could be worse for the Vikings, but Husain Abdullah used his Abdullah Oblongata to intercept a Josh Freeman pass intended for Kellen Winslow in the end zone. But the Vikings really haven't gotten a whole lot going on offense in the second half, and the Buccaneers have taken advantage. It appeared as though the Vikings had forced another turnover by causing Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham to fumble, but an offside penalty on Brian Robison nullified the turnover. Tampa got a 51-yard pitch-and-catch on their next play, but had a touchdown pass to Mike Williams nullified by an illegal shift by Arrelious Benn.
As we go to the fourth quarter of play, we will have to see if the Vikings can hang on and get the offense back on track. With one quarter of play remaining in the home opener at the Metrodome, the Vikings lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 17-10.