The Minnesota Vikings won the coin toss to begin their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and chose to defer to the second half. It was the second time this season the Vikings deferred after winning the toss, as they also did so against the Detroit Lions.
Blair Walsh's kickoff was returned by Trindon Holliday, who only managed to get the ball to the Tampa Bay 13-yard line to start the Buccaneers' first drive. The Bucs got a couple of first downs to push their drive near midfield, but a nice hustle play by Sharrif Floyd brought the Bucs to fourth and short at their own 43-yard line. The Bucs went for it on fourth down, and converted on a quarterback sneak by Mike Glennon. Two plays later, Glennon attempted to go deep for rookie Mike Evans, but Captain Munnerlyn. . .yes, that Captain Munnerlyn. . .came up with the interception at the Minnesota 15 to snuff out the drive.
Jerick McKinnon got the Vikings' first drive going with a nice 14-yard run, and a 15-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Cordarrelle Patterson got the Vikings to their own 44-yard line. The Vikings pushed into Tampa Bay territory, and Bridgewater scrambling on a third down to keep the drive alive. The Vikings then found themselves facing a 4th-and-3 from the Tampa Bay 38-yard line, and the Vikings brought in Blair Walsh for a career-long 56-yard field goal attempt. Walsh, unfortunately, pushed it wide left, leaving the game scoreless and giving the Buccaneers good field position at their own 46-yard line.
Tampa Bay found themselves in Minnesota territory after a couple of plays, but their drive stalled out shortly thereafter. Faced with 4th-and-12 from the Minnesota 45, the Bucs punted the ball away, and the ensuing punt went just 22 yards, giving the Vikings a start at their own 23.
As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at 1st-and-10 from their own 43-yard line after a couple of Tampa Bay penalties and a run by Cordarrelle Patterson. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play from Raymond James Stadium?