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Buccaneers defense struggling against Case Keenum

The Bucs look nothing like last week’s dominant defense.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Case Keenum has beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice in two years, and somehow he seems to be doing well against them yet again.

The Bucs defense got off to a poor start, with Vernon Hargreaves allowing Case Keenum to complete a 45-yard pass to Adam Thielen. A few plays later, that led to a one-yard Dalvin Cook touchdown—though it looked like the ball came out before it crossed the goal-line, the refs did not agree.

Keenum almost added another big play on his second drive, but Stefon Diggs dropped the ball while hanging over cornerback Ryan Smith, who is in for the injured Brent Grimes. Instead of getting a long completion, though, they were forced to punt.

Jameis Winston started the game going six for six, but one of those passes should have been an interception: only a miraculous Cameron Brate move saved Winston from turning the ball over under pressure. That led to a Nick Folk field goal, and not a touchdown. Still, Winston looked pretty sharp to start the game—though he couldn’t add to those three points in the rest of the first quarter.

The Bucs need to step up and improve their play if they want to win this game. Here’s your second open thread for today.