Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 13, 2020

Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In six seasons under the direction of Head Coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings have made the playoffs in every odd calendar year and finished right around .500 in every even year, like a sort of reverse San Francisco Giants. There's a good chance that this will be the season that breaks that trend, because the 2020 Vikings have a roster built for success. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to keep the pattern in place just when the NFC playoff race may be heating up in the final month.

The Vikings finished 10-6 and in second place in the NFC North in 2019, but there's reason to believe they could have won even more games. The simplest piece of evidence is in the team's point totals, as the Vikings ranked eighth with 25.4 points per game and tied for fifth with 18.9 points allowed per game. That differential of 6.5 points per game ranked seventh in the NFL and was better than, among other teams, the Green Bay Packers, who went 13-3 and won their division. The Vikings' main problem in that regard is that they lost both of their head-to-head matchups with the Packers.

The Vikings will get two more cracks at the Pack this fall, but they'll also make a trip to Tampa in Week 14 for a Dec. 13 game at Raymond James Stadium.

WEEK 14 • SUN 12/13 • 1:00 PM EST

Minnesota Vikings 5 - 6

5 - 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 - 5

7 - 5

History: Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All Time Record (entering 2020 season): 22-33

Streaks: Bucs lost last two meetings

Most Recent Matchup: Bucs lost in Minnesota, 34-17

Players and Coaches to Know:

Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minnesota Vikings 2019 Record: 10-6

Scoring Offense: 8th (25.4 points per game)

Total Offense: 16th (353.5 yards per game)

Rushing Offense: 6th (133.3 yards per game)

Passing Offense: 23rd (220.2 yards per game)

Scoring Defense: t-5th (18.9 points per game)

Total Defense: 14th (341.6 yards per game)

Rushing Defense: 13th (108.0 yards per game)

Passing Defense: 15th (233.6 yards per game)

Turnover Margin: 5th (+11)

Vikings' 2020 Draft Class: WR Justin Jefferson (Round 1, 22nd overall), CB Jeff Gladney (Round 1, 31st overall), T Ezra Cleveland (Round 2, 58th overall), CB Cameron Dantzler (Round 3, 89th overall), DE D.J. Wonnum (Round 4, 117th overall), DE James Lynch (Round 4, 130th overall), LB Troy Dye (Round 4, 132nd overall), CB Harrison Hand (Round 5, 169th overall), WR K.J. Osborne (Round 5, 176th overall), T Blake Brandel (Round 6, 203rd overall), S Josh Metellus (Round 6, 205th overall), DE Kenny Willekes (Round 7, 225th overall), QB Nate Stanley (Round 7, 244th overall), S Brian Cole (Round 7, 249th overall), G Kyle Hinton (Round 7, 253rd overall)

Key Veteran Additions: DT Michael Pierce (UFA), WR Tajae Sharpe (UFA), DE Anthony Zettel (UFA)

Notable Departures: WR Stefon Diggs (T-BUF), CB Xavier Rhodes (Released), CB Trae Waynes (UFA), CB Mackensie Alexander (UFA), DT Linval Joseph (Released), S Andrew Sendejo (UFA), WR Laquon Treadwell (UFA), S Jayron Kearse (UFA)