NFL

The Buccaneers Knocked Off the Vikings in a Hard-Fought 26-14 Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knocked off the Minnesota Vikings in a hard-fought 26-14 win, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. They deployed a rushing game that produced 107 yards, one rushing touchdown, to support a Tom Brady performance of 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Brady finished the game completing 15 of 23 passes, to lead the way for the Buccaneers. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 120.90, coming from a performance that included 196 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions for the game.

LeSean McCoy and Ronald Jones led the rushing game for the Buccaneers. McCoy rushed for 32 yards from carrying the football four times. McCoy was helped by Jones who carried the football 18 times for a total of 80 yards. In the passing game, Brady was most successful throwing the ball to Antonio Brown and Mike Evans. Brown caught five passes for a total of 49 yards, while Evans contributed with 56 yards from three passes.

On the defensive side of the football, the Buccaneers produced two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, six sacks and no defensive touchdowns.

For the losing team, Kirk Cousins finished the game completing 24 of 37 passes to lead the way for the Vikings. This performance by Cousins led to a QB rating of 90.50, and game stats of 225 yards, no interceptions and one touchdown.

The rushing game for the Vikings was led by Ameer Abdullah and Dalvin Cook. For the game, Abdullah rushed for 11 yards from carrying the football three times. Meanwhile Cook carried the ball 22 times for a total of 102 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Vikings included Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Jefferson caught four passes for a total of 39 yards, while Thielen contributed with 39 yards from three passes.

Although their team lost the game, the Vikings defense ended the game with zero sacks, and no tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles.

After the win, the Buccaneers now have a 8-5 record, compared to the Vikings who now have a 6-7 record.