Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 14 Recap
Fantasy owners would’ve been thrilled with Dalvin Cook’s production against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cook rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries and even got into the endzone with a touchdown. Unfortunately, Minnesota Vikings fans would’ve liked to have seen a similar level of production from their quarterback, Kirk Cousins.
Cousins had been putting up solid numbers for over a month with an average of three touchdown passes a game, but he wasn’t at his best against a stout Tampa Bay defense. The Vikings signal-caller completed 24 of his 37 passes for 227 yards but finished with just one touchdown. Cook was really the only bright spot for Minnesota on the day. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson each had only 39 receiving yards, and neither of them scored a touchdown, although Jefferson did manage to score on a two-point conversion.
As for the Buccaneers, Tom Brady went 15-of-23 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Ronald Jones chipped in with 80 yards on the ground and also scored a touchdown. Jones got the bulk of the carries, with Lenoard Fournette listed as inactive prior to kickoff. Fournette being inactive was a surprise to many as there wasn’t any talk earlier in the week of him possibly missing the game.
Mike Evans led all Tampa Bay receivers with 56 receiving yards, while Antonio Brown had his best game with five catches for 49 yards since his return to football. Chris Godwin also got on the stat sheet with two catches for 25 yards. The biggest play in the game ended up being a 48-yard touchdown reception by Scotty Miller.
There were other opportunities for Tampa Bay in the ballgame, but Brady was a bit erratic with some of his throws as he missed some open receivers. Even after the bye, he still didn’t look particularly comfortable in the Buccaneers’ offense. Overall, Tampa Bay was the better team on the day and the Saints’ loss to the Eagles later in the day gives the Bucs new hope that they can still win the division.