Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vikings Loss Helps Bucs' Playoff Hopes

Minnesota's Thursday night loss to the Cardinals cut their lead over the Bucs for one of two Wild Card spots.

Buccaneer fans had plenty to be excited about as the Cardinals and Vikings met on Thursday Night Football in Arizona last night. Prior to the game, the NFL Network unveiled the Buccaneers' all-red Color Rush uniforms the team will wear next Thursday against the Rams. The Cardinals also came out with a victory, aiding the Buccaneers' quest to reach the postseason. 

Earlier this week, Buccaneers.com Senior Writer and Editor Scott Smith broke down a few teams for Bucs fans to root for this week, one of them being the Cardinals. Arizona would have had to lose last night's game, in addition to their final three, for the Buccaneers to have any chance to surpass them in the playoff race, which was an unlikely scenario.

Take a look back at last year's Buccaneers Nike Color Rush uniforms photo shoot featuring QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans.

Moving past Minnesota is much more feasible, though, especially after they fell on Thursday. The Vikings are currently 8-5, holding one of two NFC Wild Card spots. A Buccaneer win on Sunday would move the team within one game of the Vikings.

Arizona and Carolina have the top two seeds in the NFC already locked up. The Packers and Redskins currently lead their respective divisions while Minnesota and Seattle hold the two wild card spots.

The Bucs still have four games, all of which are against NFC opponents, to turn that around.

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