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View game action images as the Vikings take on the Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday.

2:55 PM -The Vikings pull of the 34-17 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium and move to (2-1) on the season. SKOL!

2:47 PM-Harrison Smith joins the interception party as he picks off Winston at the goal line. The Vikings have three interceptions today after not recording any through the first two games of the season. Minnesota starts at its own 11-yard line.

2:37 PM -The Vikings take advantage of Sendejo's interception as Forbath drills a 37-yard field goal to put Minnesota up 34-17. There is 8:40 left in the fourth quarter.

2:32 PM -Minnesota gets its second interception of the game as Andrew Sendejo picks off Winston. Sendejo returns the interception to Tampa Bay's 35-yard line. It's his first interception of the season.

2:29 PM - Minnesota goes three-and-out as Quigley punts it away on fourth down. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 35-yard line.

2:23 PM - Tampa Bay scores on a 25-yard touchdown pass as the Vikings still hold a 31-17 lead entering the fourth quarter.

2:14 PM -Minnesota adds to its lead as Kai Forbath kicks a 20-yard field goal to put the Vikings up 31-10. Minnesota used up six-plus minutes off the clock on the 73-yard drive. Cook had a 26-yard run on the drive.

1:59 PM - Tampa Bay responds with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Minnesota leads 28-10 midway through the third quarter.

1:48 PM - Diggs continues his dominating day as he hauls in a 59-yard touchdown pass from Keenum on the Vikings opening drive of the second half. Diggs has eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Keenum has thrown for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Minnesota leads 28-3.

1:43 PM - Minnesota forces a quick three-and-out to open the second half. The Vikings will start at their one 34-yard line after the punt.

1:26 PM -The Vikings lead 21-3 at halftime. Minnesota has 273 yards of total offense at the half while Tampa Bay has 143. Keenum has thrown for 226 yards and has touchdown passes to Diggs and Wright. Cook has rushed for 40 yards and his first NFL touchdown. The Buccaneers will get the ball to start the second half.

1:20 PM - Minnesota adds to its lead as Diggs hauls in an acrobatic 17-yard touchdown catch to give the Vikings a 21-3 lead. The Vikings went 92 yards in six plays. Diggs also had a 47-yard grab on the drive.

1:15 PM - The Vikings lead 14-3 and have the ball at Tampa Bay's 30-yard line at the 2-minute warning. Diggs has five catches for 91 yards while Thielen has four catches for 84 yards. Keenum is 15 of 20 for 209 yards and a touchdown pass to Wright.

1:13 PM - Minnesota's defense makes a stand as Trae Waynes picks off Winston at the goal line on a deep pass. The Vikings will start at their own 8-yard line after Waynes' first interception of the year.

1:03 PM -The Vikings can't take advantage of the good field position as the drive stalls after a holding penalty by Nick Easton. Ryan Quigley's punt is fair caught at the 14-yard line.

12:57 PM - Everson Griffen continues his stellar start to the season as he sacks Winston on third down to force a quick three-and-out. Griffen now has 4.0 sacks on the season. Minnesota takes over at its own 43-yard line after the punt.

12:49 PM - The Vikings add to their lead as Jarius Wright hauls in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Keenum. Minnesota is up 14-3 after putting together a 13-play, 76-yard drive. The Vikings converted four times on third down. Thielen had a 19-yard catch on the drive. Keenum is 10 of 14 for 142 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

12:40 PM - The Vikings hold a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. Dalvin Cook scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, his first rushing score in the NFL. Minnesota has 109 yards of total offense while the Buccaneers have 68.

12:32 PM - Tampa Bay picks up a quick first down before the Vikings defense forces a punt after the next three plays. Minnesota will start at its own 24-yard line after the punt.

12:27 PM - The Vikings can't hit on a few deep shots down the field and are forced to punt. Stefon Diggs had a 17-yard catch on third-and-12 to move the chains for the Vikings early in the drive. Tampa Bay takes over on its own 23-yard line.

12:17 PM -The Buccaneers are on the board. 

Tampa Bay cuts the Vikings lead to 7-3 after a 40-yard field goal. Brian Robison nearly sacked Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on third down but Winston escaped the takedown. There is 6:18 left in the first quarter.

12:08 PM -The Vikings strike first as Dalvin Cook scores his first career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run. The Vikings went 75 yards in seven plays on a drive highlighted by a 45-yard pass from Case Keenum to Adam Thielen. Minnesota leads 7-0 early in the first quarter.


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10:30 AM -The following players are inactive for the Vikings for today's game against Tampa Bay:

QB Sam Bradford

WR Rodney Adams

WR Stacy Coley

G Danny Isidora

T Aviante Collins

DE Tashawn Bower

DT Jaleel Johnson

Vikings only have four wide receivers active today: Diggs, Thielen, Treadwell and Wright. Had gone with five wide receivers in previous weeks.

Also, cornerback Tramaine Brock active for the first time this season.

Buccaneers Inactives:

24 CB B. Grimes

56 DE J. Smith

58 LB K. Alexander

66 T L. Wester

68 C J. Hawley

82 TE A. Auclair

90 DT C. Baker

As the Vikings begin what could be a season-defining stretch, where they play four of their next five of home, including three of their next four against NFC North opponents, they will do so without Sam Bradford at least for today as they play host to the 1-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bradford was rules out for the second consecutive week due to a knee injury suffered during the Week 1 win over the Saints. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday before not practicing at all on Friday. Coach Zimmer was unsure of his long-term prognosis during his Friday press conference, but at least for one more week, Case Keenum will lead the offense.

Keenum was put into a tough spot last Sunday, having to debut on the road against a tough Steelers defense. The passing game as a whole struggled during the loss in Pittsburgh, but hopefully with a week to settle in under his belt and playing today in the friendly confines of U.S. Bank Stadium, the offense can take a step forward.

Just as they've done the first two weeks, regardless of who is at quarterback, it's clear that Dalvin Cook is becoming the centerpiece of the team's offense. He ran for over 100 yards during the Week 1 win over the Saints, and then last week, followed up with 64 yards on 12 carries, with limited chances due to the team being behind early. Cook spoke this week about needing to personally get off to faster starts, as most of his damage has been done in the second half of both games so far.

Getting Cook going early should also set the passing game up for success in keeping the Tampa Bay defense off balance. The team can't afford to get into second and third down scenarios against where they have 7-plus yards to gain, especially with a backup quarterback at the helm.

The Bucs defense will be without a few key pieces, as starting DT Chris Baker and LB Kwon Alexander have both been ruled out. DE Jacquies Smith (illness) will also miss today's game.

Similar to last year at times, given the unsettled situation on offense, it could fall on the team's defense to try and hold down the opposing team's offense. It'll be a tall task, as Tampa Bay's offense has high-end weapons all over the field, starting with QB Jameis Winston. He completed 18 of 30 passes last week in a lopsided win over the Bears where he wasn't asked to do too much.

The Bucs have one of the better wide receiver duos in the league, with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson each providing a tough matchup in their own ways. Given his size, it could be up to Xavier Rhodes to shadow Evans all over the field today, with Trae Waynes and Terence Newman splitting the duties on Jackson.

Kickoff is set for Noon and the game will be broadcast on FOX and KFAN 100.3 FM. Stay with and the Vikings App before, during and after the game for coverage.

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