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By Eric Edholm

The Vikings come home with some questions to answer, mostly about their passing game and their stamina on defense. The Buccaneers also come into this game with some concerns, and though they lost in Week One, they showed some late life.

The Bucs might have trouble slowing down RB Adrian Peterson with a young defensive line that was less than impactful last week, but the Vikings still look to be too one-dimensional. Perhaps they can dominate the special teams again, as they did in Week One, but even that might not be enough.

QB Josh Freeman will make enough plays in this one, and RB LeGarrette Blount will have a better showing. The Bucs will hold on to win in the Dome.

Prediction: Buccaneers 23, Vikings 17

Season record: 1-0

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