Buccaneers 26, Vikings 14

December 13th, 2020

Ya Gotta Believe! 

Who needs fast starts? Not the Bucs. Not when they can put their foot on the gas and the other team’s kicker sucks.

Joe is fired up!

The Bucs have snapped their two-game losing streak — and their three-game home losing streak — and sitting at 8-5 in prime playoff position.

Finally, finally, finally, the Bucs looked like a playoff team. No, they didn’t look like a good playoff team, but a playoff team nonetheless. Now it’s time to get sharper over the final three games.

Two huge sacks by Shaq Barrett today. And props to Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Anthony Nelson for stepping up big-time. Joe loved seeing Todd Bowles ask more of Winfield as a blitzer. And ultimately, the Bucs’ pass rush was far too much for the Vikings.

The Bucs’ offense? It’s still inconsistent but it’s also still very dangerous.

Huge kudos to Scotty Miller for catching the big, crushing Tom Brady touchdown bomb in the second quarter. And yes, Joe saw Miller get hit in the face just before the catch.

Very solid day by Ronald Jones and Joe loved seeing some vintage LeSean “Shady” McCoy help put the game away in the second quarter.

What a day!

69 Responses to “Buccaneers 26, Vikings 14”

  1. TRS Says:


  2. TRS Says:

    Just what I asked for. Great job, Defense.

  3. Bucfanforever Says:

    You like that!

  4. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    A win is a win…but man I feel no confidence in this team against another playoff team. 3 weeks to fix it though

  5. TRS Says:

    Love it, Bucfan! HE LIKES THAT!!!!!!

  6. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    JPP is straight up a monster. He’s like the Predator. Holy crap.

  7. Wesley Says:


  8. ElioT Says:

    Must win game, started bad…

    Boys stepped up against a good team in the hunt.

  9. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    JOE, you were right about the Vikes, they are a mirage of a team with those wins…they finally met a team with a little more talent today and couldn’t pull it out

  10. rrsrq Says:

    Is that a sack fumble or another INT for JPP (I thought he said he was taking the next one to the house)

  11. Beej Says:

    they put up 335 yards offense

  12. Sourbob Says:

    JPP has some damn fast reflexes,I don’t know how he didn’t get away from that firecracker

  13. Wesley Says:

    However let’s be real, this team won’t do squat in the playoffs.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Defense really stepped up….

  15. Coburn Says:

    Seems Miller is the one guy Brady has that timing down with. Like to see him in there a bit each game. We are gonna need to somehow fix these slow starts if we wanna go anywhere :/ man to think how many sacks we SHOULD have. Seems we finally made some tackles in second half. It boggles my mind how we suddenly forgot how to tackle these last few weeks

  16. TBTeddy Says:

    Defense really bent but didn’t break today

  17. Coburn Says:

    Game woulda been a lot closer if not for their kicker

  18. TRS Says:

    Sourbob, so wrong but hilarious.

  19. DBS Says:

    TheBucFakist will now disappear.

  20. Miller5252 Says:

    I can’t get too fired up when the offense still didn’t fix anything and D gave up everything. If it wasn’t for the refs and field goal kicker this game would be really different. Need to figure out both sides of the ball quick!

  21. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    MVP – Dan Bailey

  22. Athlete Says:

    Just wasted three hours of terrible football by both teams!!!

  23. spicoli Says:

    +1 for Dan Bailey MVP voting

  24. TRS Says:

    Dan Bailey, Bucs Player of the Game!!!!

  25. Athlete Says:

    Can’t get that time back

  26. Beej Says:

    Brady now has 30 td’s, 3500 yards, 11 picks. QUITE a bit of improvement over last year, imo

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Even if the Vikings kicker had made his kicks they would have lost by 2 points (3 FGs + extra point)

  28. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Sorry, I’m usually an optimist. However, I can’t get terribly excited by that victory. I realize there are no pictures on the scorecard, and we get to play 2 crappy teams in our last 3 games, but I expected more coming out of the bye week.

  29. rrsrq Says:

    Not pretty at all, but we’ll take it. Better play better against the dirty birds….

  30. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    what a crappie team we have….. this is after buy week, at home with V…..lower your expectations, or you going to get hurt….

  31. PanthersSuck Says:

    Can somebody shut up Troy Aikman and Joe Buc?!?! Hi z

  32. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Yes Beej, QB play is much, much better this year than when we had the finger lickin’ Jay Miss.

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Athlete Says
    “Just wasted three hours of terrible football by both teams!!!”

    It wasn’t ALL terrible, so you didn’t watch 3 hours worth….more like about 2 hours 35 minutes.

  34. Davenport Says:

    Ugly win but its a win. Another week to try to get better…. and try to find an identity. Offense was a disjointed mess and the defense still can cover.

    But… at 8-5 we should be happy The Bucs are finally playing meaningful games in December

  35. Greg Says:

    Our play calling was still suspect. How many times did we run on first down? Setting Leonard Fournette inactive was a good move. AB talking plays from Scotty Miller needs to stop.

    Why is bad tackling a thing now? That was terrible.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    crazyBucs_CL Says
    “what a crappie team we have….. this is after buy week”

    It’s spelled Bye Week. 😛

    Come to think of it, it’s spelled ‘crappy’ too.

    But, in all seriousness, I can say I agree or disagree. Honestly, the past decade has burned me out so badly that I only watch out of obligation. I have so many things happening in my life, much better things, that I don’t even look forward to game day at this point.

  37. ElioT Says:

    I don’t think it was all ugly.

    Just a tough game and Lady Luck was on our side for once.

    Go Bucs!

  38. rrsrq Says:

    Not Bucs related but kinda, fins are playing 15 yards off the chiefs receivers and all Mahommes is doing is throwing the ball short and letting his receivers and running backs run

  39. Rico 210 Says:

    Trolls. Bucs win and yet complaints
    Go Bucs

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Greg Says:
    “AB talking plays from Scotty Miller needs to stop. ”

    I AGREE!

    The whole issue in timing with brady is that the WRs are not getting down the field fast enough…the one guy who does it is getting used less because of AB.

  41. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Keep on Truck’n .. gotta love JPP’s heart!
    Too bad so many in the NFL take their talent for granted… JPP is an elite player that plays like a scrub trying to make the team !

  42. Miller5252 Says:

    One really good thing I saw today was Shady…. he really had a good series and made a good change of pace and got more yards because of it.

  43. Athlete Says:

    I wanted Brady because I believed precision passing was what will win the Super Bowl for the present Buccaneers. The Godwin miss over the middle is when you realize this QB is not the guy. I saw two great passes today. Miller and Evans were the recipients. Other than that he was plain at best.

  44. Tnoles Says:

    Totally stoked Joe’s we played a sloppy game to a certain extent and got beat in virtually every statistical category and still won. Your right not a great playoff team but a grimy one and I like that you win playoff games at times by being grimy! Go Bucs!!

  45. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Run blocking has to ABSOLUTELY get better!
    Enjoy the win !

  46. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We had no turnovers……few penalties…..maybe 5……gave up zero sacks…..our D forced a fumble & got 6 sacks……stepped up when it counted…

    That last FG Succop made was clutch…..that put the pressure on…..

    This was a must win game and we won……..we shouldn’t have anything to whine about…

  47. Kevin Says:

    Glad they won, however, the offense was inconsistent all game, no rhythm whatsoever.

  48. Dewey Selmon Says:

    McCoy had 2 positive gains and started struttin like a pigeon.

  49. NashvilleBuc Says:


  50. All lives matter Says:

    They still won’t commit to running the football. I think I only seen RoJo line up with 4 deep drops but the rest were handoffs from around the QB box. Seems when RoJo is allowed to take deep drops he hits the hole like a rocket. Just like Cook or Henry.

  51. JimmyJack Says:

    My lone concern stands with our offense unable to move the ball to start gsmes.We got away with it against the Vikings but just a week ago we saw what happens vs pkayoff teams.

    It was such a great win this week. That was a lot of fun. Im very excited to see if this offense can get going consistently and become a truely elite unit that can contend. We still arent there yet but the offense looks like they can keep improving every week.

  52. Crispy Says:

    Still very concerned about our defense. Mainly our secondary. I do have concerns about the offense but we seem to be fine against mediocre defenses. This team does not live up to its potential but doing just enough.

  53. SlyPirate Says:

    Winfield Jr. 12 tackles, 10 solo, 1 sack.

    Defensive Rookie of the Week is on it’s way.

  54. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    So, rather than start hot, we’ll rely on excellent players single-handedly throwing a game in our favor with a freak meltdown. Yeah, we should get deep into the playoffs with that.

  55. Jmarkbuc Says:

    There’s no way this is championship level play.

    Not on offense
    Not on defense (especially)
    Not with coaching.

    And we all know it.

    At the end of the day, we won’t have a losing record . 2020 strikes again 😂

  56. Defense Rules Says:

    Parts of that game were as ugly as it gets. Parts were simply bizarre, but other parts … when it REALLY counted … were downright beautiful. Heaven only knows what Bucs team will show up next Sunday against the Falcons in Altanta.

  57. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    ALL LIVES….ding ding ding, you get the prize!!!!! ROJO SHOULD GET THE BALL AT LEAST 20 times a game and a couple screens to keep them honest. He ain’t as bad as everyone says with catching. He just needs a good ball thrown to him not behind him.

  58. Buczilla Says:

    Brady is still nowhere near as consistent as he needs to be, but I’ll take it. 😜

  59. Darin Says:

    Huge game for the Bucs by Dan Bailey!! If AB wasn’t signed Miller and the O would be rollin. Let’s hope the next three weeks does it. Stop all the talk and play well. My goodness this team likes to crown themselves. You gona crown em Denny??!!?!?!?

  60. firethecannons Says:

    so sweet for Bucs faans to see another teams even better our opposing team have a kicker that chokes! Sweet!

  61. Frank Pillow Says:

    There’s a big part of me that thinks we won inspire of ourselves (esp. coaching), but how many times have we been on the other end of this kinda game—too darn many. Thank you Bailey. Thank you zebras.

  62. Jedleman Says:

    Vikings are a grinder team just like the bears. It’s always going to be an ugly game when you play these types of teams . You can throw the giants in there too. It’s a physical brand of football. Great win

  63. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Definitely being a synic of this win. But, that last drive was a strip sack coming, Im a bit shocked that the vikings didn’t run it up the middle more. But, from Cousins getting sandwiched, to him scrambling up the middle and taking a hit to him and the pressure in the pocket you didn’t need the smelling salts to know that a strip sack was coming.

  64. Cobraboy Says:

    Neither pretty nor impressive but I’ll take it.

    Not sure if this team gets past the first WC game unless the defense catches on fire.

  65. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Why do we get so many offsides on our defensive front seven?

    Isn’t that just a discipline issue? Offsides on offense is not much better.

    So Suh’s offside in the first turned a long FG attempt or punt into six points.
    What is with this…not just Suh either. I understand wanting to get the jump but is it worth penalties to gain a few hundredths of a second? I realize guessing the snap gives the rushers a great head start but it’s not worth all the offsides penalties many of which seem to occur at the most inopportune times.

    And then Ali Marpet’s offside. That could have very easily put the Vikes right back into the game. After a long punishing drive for a score…leaving our D with their tongues hanging on the ground…the last thing we needed was a 3 and out in our own territory. Ali’s offsides on first down virtually assured that three and out…something we clearly wished to avoid at all costs with a tired D.

  66. orlbucfan Says:

    I am glad Bucs won, but geez, Vikings did everything in their power to give the game away especially in the first half.

  67. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    JPP is having a Pro Bowl year at least! He’s a hell of a football player.

    I’ve been out there voting for him (along with L. David and others).

    Go Bucs!

  68. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Agree. The problem for poor JPP is he has set the bar so freaking high we expect those kind of plays and take him for granted. He’s clearly the best player on our D right now.

  69. Aceofaerospace Says:

    It’s December and we’re talking playoff speculation and no one gives a rats ass about the draft right now. Brings a tear to my eye. I’m confident if we make it to the playoffs (and we will), Brady and the offense will show another gear. We will not be one and done!