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5 Takeaways from Buccaneers vs. Vikings

Posted Sep 24, 2017

A few notes from the Buccaneers' loss to Minnesota.

1. DeSean Jackson found the end zone.
It only took two games for Jackson to score his first touchdown as a member of the Buccaneers. With Tampa Bay trailing late, Jackson connected with Jameis Winston on a 25-yard touchdown. It was the 54th touchdown reception of his career. Winston threw two touchdown passes, marking the 15th time in his career with multiple touchdowns in a single game.

2. Injuries on defense hurt.
By the time the game kicked off, the Buccaneers were already short-handed on defense. The team was without linebacker Kwon Alexander, cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive tackle Chris Baker, who were inactive. The Buccaneers also saw Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, T.J. Ward and Vernon Hargreaves sustain injuries during the game. The short-handed unit struggled, particularly against the pass.

3. Cameron Brate is moving up.
While Jackson caught one of Winston’s touchdown passes, Brate hauled in the other. It was the 12th touchdown reception of Brate’s career, which moves him into a tie with Kellen Winslow for the No. 3 spot on the Buccaneers’ all-time list for touchdown catches by a tight end. Brate finished the day with four catches for 33 yards.

4. Turnovers proved costly.
The Buccaneers were the beneficiaries of several turnovers last week against the Bears but lost the turnover battle on Sunday. Winston threw three interceptions, which accounted for all three of the Buccaneers’ turnovers. The Vikings finished the game without turning the ball over once.

5. Tampa Bay lost the battle on third down.
In many instances, the performance of a team on third down can dictate the end result when the final whistle blows. The Buccaneers struggled on third down, converting just one of six attempts. Meanwhile, Minnesota converted six of 11 third down attempts.