It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. Tampa Bay snapped a two-game losing streak with a 26-14 win over Minnesota and continued on its quest for the playoffs, improving to 8-5. The Bucs defense recorded six sacks and contained Vikings running back Dalvin Cook enough, while quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the win.
2 BIG STATEMENTS
STATEMENT 1. Despite Win, Bucs Defense Remains A Mystery
Christmas came early for the Buccaneers in Sunday’s 26-14 win over the Vikings, and Minnesota kicker Dan Bailey played the role of Santa Claus on Sunday, handing out presents in the form of three missed field goals and a missed extra point. The Vikings could have used all 10 of the points that Bailey cost them, and the Bucs defense gets some credit for holding Minnesota to three field goal situations, thanks to some timely sacks on third down.
On paper this win likes really good for the defense. Dalvin Cook had a good day, but didn’t run wild with 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, and being held to eight yards receiving on two catches. The Vikings’ terrific tandem of Pro Bowler Justin Thielen and rookie sensation Justin Jefferson were each held to 39 yards receiving on the day, and the Bucs defense held the Vikings to just 14 points. That’s the third-lowest points allowed this season by a defense that allowed 28.75 points per game over the last four games prior to Sunday.
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