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Vikings/Buccaneers Preview And Week 8 Picks: Falling Trees In The Forest - Daily Norseman
The Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday is NOT a marquee matchup. Who will win on Sunday? And more importantly, who will care?

Goldson Adds Physical Presence
S Dashon Goldson has missed the last two games with an ankle injury but he was back in practice on Wednesday and he could return to game action just when Tampa Bay's defense needs a boost

Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers preview - ESPN
Previewing Sunday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs DE Johnson’s Ankle Injury Affecting Production | Pewter Report
The 1-5 Buccaneers rank last in points allowed (204), including the 52 and 48 given up against Atlanta and Baltimore, respectively, and the Tampa 2 defense is now under fire throughout the Bay Area.

Bridgewater Discusses The Peterson Situation, Zimmer and Life In The NFL | Pewter Report
The Buccaneers were one of 31 teams who passed on drafting former Louisville quarterback teddy Bridgewater who now starting for the Minnesota Vikings after a season ending injury to Matt Cassel.

Smith downplays any Bucs QB controversy | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Although he declined to name his starter under center for Sunday’s home matchup against the Vikings, Bucs coach Lovie Smith rebuffed any notion of a quarterback controversy.

Hot Reads: Vikings coach sees talented Bucs defense | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
According to first-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, don’t read too much into the NFL statistics that show the Bucs at the bottom of the league in both yards and points allowed.

Lingering ankle injury frustrates Bucs DE Johnson | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
TAMPA — The tip of the spear has not been sharp. And the right edge has a nick in it, one that’s been there almost since the spear was pulled from its sheath.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith "disappointed" in Bowers over PED suspension | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith said he was "disappointed" in DE Da'Quan Bowers' decision to violate the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, resulting in a two-game suspension without pay.

Trindon Holliday brings track speed to Bucs return game | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs are seeking a spark after a 1-5 start. It could come on the opening kickoff Sunday, when Tampa Bay fans might get their first look at return specialist Trindon Holliday, who joined the team Wednesday.