Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Minnesota Vikings 31 Sunday 15 September 1985 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING MIN 1:48-1Q Rice 2 run (Stenerud kick) MIN 13:18-2Q Stenerud FG31 TB 4:40-2Q Igwebuike FG25 MIN 1:29-2Q Browner 15 interception return (Stenerud kick) MIN 12:06-3Q Anderson 1 run (Stenerud kick) TB 8:24-3Q Wilder 1 run (Igwebuike kick) TB 14:56-4Q J.Bell 12 pass from DeBerg (kick failed) MIN 5:59-4Q Brown 54 pass from Kramer (Stenerud kick)
Another massive performance from James Wilder was not enough to stop the Bucs losing their home opener in 1985.   The super back rushed for 100 yards for the sixth straight game and also caught 13 passes, but an interception return for a score and a blocked punt that was recovered at the Tampa 5-yard line was enough to give Minnesota the decisive edge
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Wilder 22-113, DeBerg 1-2. VIKINGS: Nelson 11-42, Brown 6-15, Anderson 5-15, Rice 5-12, Kramer 4-(-5). PASSING BUCS: DeBerg 38-26-237-2-1. VIKINGS: Kramer 28-18-183-2-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Wilder 13-71, J.Bell 5-52, House 2-32, Carter 2-26, Giles 2-17, T.Bell 1-23, Magee 1-16. VIKINGS: Brown 5-82, Jordan 5-50, Nelson 3-27, Carter 2-11, Lewis 2-8, Rice 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Greenwood 1-4, Castille 1-0. VIKINGS: Turner 1-22, Browner 1-15. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Freeman 4-86, Bright 2-29. VIKINGS: Turner 2-31. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Bright 1-11. VIKINGS: Nelson 1-10. SACKS BUCS: none. VIKINGS: Martin 1-3.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 66 Yarno DE 78 Cannon LG 72 Courson DT 76 Logan C 60 Grimes DE 90 Holmes RG 62 Farrell LOLB 51 Washington RT 73 Heller LILB 58 Davis TE 88 Giles RILB 52 Brantley TE 82 Bell ROLB 53 Green WR 87 Carter LCB 23 Castille WR 89 House RCB 21 Holt RB 32 Wilder SS 30 Greenwood QB 17 DeBerg FS 44 Sully PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 5 Garcia, 7 Risher, 24 Prior, 28 Carver, 29 Bright, 31 Curry, 40 Armstrong, 47 Dombrowski, 54 Randle, 56 Johnson, 57 Browner, 67 Morgan, 74 Sanders, 75 Lindstrom, 79 Kaplan, 80 Branton, 81 Freeman, 83 T Bell, 85 Witte, 86 Magee DID NOT PLAY 8 Young, 68 Mallory
COMMENTARY CREW Dan Dierdorf and Jean Fugett
GAME HIGHLIGHTS           Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Jeremiah Castille had an endzone interception but probably should not have tried to run it out James Wilder had the first Buccaneer touchdown Followed by Jerry Bell’s second score in as many weeks