Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Minnesota Vikings 31
Sunday 15 September 1985 at Tampa Stadium
MIN1:48-1Q Rice 2 run (Stenerud kick)
MIN13:18-2Q Stenerud FG31
TB4:40-2Q Igwebuike FG25
MIN1:29-2Q Browner 15 interception return (Stenerud kick)
MIN12:06-3Q Anderson 1 run (Stenerud kick)
TB8:24-3Q Wilder 1 run (Igwebuike kick)
TB14:56-4Q J.Bell 12 pass from DeBerg (kick failed)
MIN5:59-4Q Brown 54 pass from Kramer (Stenerud kick)

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.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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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
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT66 Yarno LDE78 Cannon
LG72 Courson NT76 Logan
C60 Grimes RDE90 Holmes
RG62 Farrell LOLB51 Washington
RT73 Heller LILB58 Davis
WR89 House RILB52 Brantley
WR87 Carter ROLB53 Green
TE88 Giles LCB23 Castille
TE82 J Bell SS30 Greenwood
RB32 Wilder FS44 Sully
QB17 DeBerg RCB21 Holt
SUBSTITUTIONS
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
INACTIVE