Case Keenum again solves Bucs in strong rebound game


With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, 34-17, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carries the ball during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on September 24, 2017.

This boost the outlook of Stefon Diggs, but with Case Keenum under center for the Vikings in Week 3, his upside will be limited. Winston was confused by a look from Minnesota's defense and threw the ball directly into the hands of safety Andrew Sendejo. The Vikings had a 14-3 lead with 10:25 left in the first half. Diggs caught the ball over Smith and spun out of a tackle to break free for a 59-yard touchdown. Keenum threw for 226 yards before the intermission, hitting both Thielen and Diggs with deep passes that set up scores and hooking up with Diggs and Jarius Wright for touchdowns.

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DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate each had four touchdown receptions while Winston completed 28 of 40 passes for 328 yards, but the Buccaneers (1-1) simply couldn't overcome having to play from behind all afternoon.

The Minnesota Vikings came into the 2017 season believing they could have the league's best defense. Winston threw three straight darts to Evans, Godwin and Howard for a total of 47 yards, but the drive stalled at the Vikings' 22-yard field goal. Bradford did not play in the Vikings 26-9 loss to Pittsburgh last week, and told reporters that his status for the game against Tampa Bay will depend on how his knee responds during the week. Under pressure, Keenum pulled a 180 from his performance last week, finishing 11-of-13 for 232 yards and three touchdowns against the blitz.

Reedy gave the Bucs a nice start for the next drive by returning the kickoff 50 yards to the Minnesota 46. Tampa Bay is coming off of a dominant 29-7 victory over the Chicago Bears in their opening game, as their Week 1 contest was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.