Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36  Minnesota Vikings 17 Thursday 26 October 2012 at the Mall of America Stadium
SCORING TB 9:48-1Q Barth FG28 TB 3:34-1Q Lorig 1 pass from Freeman (Barth kick) TB 12:20-2Q Barth FG40 MIN 9:39-2Q Harvin 18 pass from Ponder (Walsh kick TB 4:30-2Q Williams 3 pass from Freeman (Barth kick) MIN 1:40-2Q Walsh FG51 TB 13:39-3Q Martin 64 pass from Freeman (Barth kick) TB 7:50-3Q Barth FG38 MIN 7:28-3Q Peterson 64 run (Walsh kick) TB 7:03-4Q Martin 1 run (pass failed)
On a short week, the Bucs came out flying on offense as Josh Freeman threw three scoring passes and Doug Martin added 135 yards on the ground.  The rookie back also scored on a 64-yard passing play and Adrian Peterson’s third quarter score was the only real blip on the all-round team performance.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Martin 29-135, Blount 8-16, Benn 1-9, Freeman 3-(-1). VIKINGS: Peterson 15-123, Ponder 4-12, Gerhart 1-6, Harvin 1-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Freeman 36-19-262-0-3. VIKINGS: Ponder 35-19-251-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Williams 6-68, Martin 3-79, Clark 3-40, Underwood 3- 27, Jackson 2-40, Ware 1-7, Lorig 1-1. VIKINGS: Harvin 7-90, Jenkins 4-78, Simpson 2-37, Gerhart 2- 20, Rudolph 2-17, Ellison 1-5, Peterson 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: L.Johnson 1-0. VIKINGS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: none. VIKINGS: Harvin 1-43. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Parrish 3-1. VIKINGS: Sherels 3-21. SACKS BUCS: Foster 1-10, Te'o-Nesheim 1-7, Bennett 1-5. VIKINGS: Allen 1-5.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 70 Penn DE 71 Bennett LG 77 Nicks DT 93 McCoy C 76 Zuttah DT 90 Miller RG 79 Meredith DE 50 Te’o-Nesheim RT 69 Dotson WLB 54 David TE 88 Stocker MLB 59 Foster WR 19 Williams DB 29 Johnson WR 83 Jackson LCB 31 Biggers FB 41 Lorig RCB 21 Wright RB 22 Martin SS 24 Barron QB 5 Freeman FS 20 Barber PLAYED 9 Koenen, 10 Barth, 11 Underwood, 12 Parrish, 17 Benn, 27 Blount, 28 Ware, 33 McDonald, 35 Grimm, 43 Black, 44 Clark. 48 Economos, 51 Cutrera, 56 Watson, 57 Hayward, 58 Black, 62 Larsen, 65 Trueblood, 82 Byham, 91 Bowers, 95 Gibson, 96 Irvin, 97 Johnson DID NOT PLAY 6 Orlovsky INACTIVE 23 Lewis, 34 Smith, 37 Tandy, 53 Goode, 74 Wallace, 80 Owusu, 86 Noble
COMMENTARY CREW Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock