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Buccaneers Fall to Vikings in Week 3

Posted Sep 24, 2017

Recapping the Buccaneers' Week 3 matchup with the Vikings.

The Buccaneers fell to 1-1 on the season after dropping, 34-17, to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. Tampa Bay was without several key defensive players, including cornerback Brent Grimes, linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive tackle Chris Baker. Gerald McCoy and Vernon Hargreaves were sidelined at one point or another during the game, too.

Tampa Bay's short-handed defense struggled, partictularly in coverage. Minnesota's standout wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, put together and excellent game, as did recerve quarterback Case Keenum. The Buccaneers found themselves trailing, 28-3, in the third quarter but rallied to bring the Vikings' lead to 14 in the fourth quarter. It proved to be too little too late as Minnesota went on to win, 34-17.

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes but was also intercepted three times. One of his touchdowns went to DeSean Jackson, marking Jackson's first touchdown as a member of the Buccaneers. Winston's other touchdown was caught by Cameron Brate. It was the 12th touchdown reception of Brate's career, which moves him into third-place on the Buccaneers' all-time touchdown list for tight ends.

The Buccaneers will return to Raymond James Stadium next Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts the New York Giants.