The Folks Picking the Buccaneers over Vikings

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Jan 1, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) congratulates wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings are five-point favorites one day before a showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.

The Folks Picking the Buccaneers over Vikings

The Buccaneers lost the greatest football player of all time this offseason, although Tom Brady wasn’t quite the same during his final season. Minnesota, on the other hand, said goodbye to numerous expensive and aging veteran players like Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Eric Kendricks, Patrick Peterson, and Za’Darius Smith, among others, in the last eight months.

The Folks Picking the Buccaneers over Vikings
Aug 11, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

According to NFLPickWatch, a website that logs NFL experts’ weekly picks, about 92% of folks believe Minnesota will take down the Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Vikings have a 33-23 (.589) all-time record against Tampa Bay.

A few notable personalities forecast a Buccaneers win over Minnesota, though, as the Vikings will experience a new-look Tampa Bay team led by the young journeyman Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Too, the Buccaneers still employ mighty names on defense like Vita Vea, Shaq Barrett, Antoine Winfield, Lavonte David, Devin White, and Jamel Dean, to name a few.

Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) performs a drill during mandatory minicamp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

As of Saturday, these individuals predict Tampa Bay sending the Vikings to a 0-1 record out of the gate:

Bleacher Report’s staff largely picked the Buccaneers to cover the point spread, and BR‘s Wes O’Donnell explained, “I am genuinely baffled to be the only one in the group laying the points in this game. Everyone knows the Vikings won a ridiculous number of close games a season ago, were exposed in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs and probably got worse in the offseason, too. But a touchdown spread is essentially one Baker Mayfield-led Buccaneers mistake away from covering.”

Aug 26, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) leaves the field before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.’s Brooke Cersosimo wrote about the Vikings winning the matchup, “Kevin O’Connell’s offense, buoyed by a QB playing some of his best football in his mid-30s (Kirk Cousins) and a young WR duo (reigning Offensive Player of the Year Justin Jefferson and first-round pick Jordan Addison), should once again be the star of this year’s team. It’ll be up to new Vikings DC Brian Flores’ unit to ensure games don’t come down to the wire every week. The first test is a Bucs offense in transition, though one that has promise if the ever-erratic Baker Mayfield can limit the turnovers. (The key word: if.)”

The Detroit Lions unexpectedly toppled the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, so Minnesota already needs an “easy” win to keep pace in the NFC North. Detroit is favored to win the division by a couple of games, with Minnesota slated for second place, according to oddsmakers.

Kirk Cousins on Release of Dalvin Cook & What He Sees In New-Look Defense During Minicamp. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center during 2023 NFL Mandatory Minicamp.

If the Vikings end up winning the NFC North, it will represent their first back-to-back division titles since 2008-2009.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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