S Mark Barron had RB Adrian Peterson wrapped up after a six yard gain before the running back tried one more spin move to slip away. Fellow safety Ronde Barber got his hand around the ball and stripped it away from Peterson, forcing the fumble.
LB Quincy Black was able to come up with it in Viking territory, making it another Buccaneer drive beginning with great field position.
The Bucs will look to add to their six-point lead.
Following another Koenen touchback, which visibly frustrated KR Percy Harvin, the Minnesota Vikings started their first drive of the second quarter at the 20-yard line.
The first play of the drive was a short pass to Harvin which he was able to turn up field for a 31-yard gain. Another 11-yard run from Peterson and a Roughing the Passer penalty on DT Roy Miller put the Vikings at the Bucs’ 22-yard line.
The Buccaneers stopped the Vikings on a short pass, then a -1 one stop of Peterson setting up third-and-six. Ponder saw man coverage on the outside and tossed it up to Harvin again in the end zone. Harvin caught it over his shoulder for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The Buccaneers lead 13-7 and will take over possession at the 20-yard line with 9:39 remaining in the half.
Connor Barth hit his 12th field goal of the year from 40 yards out to extend the Buccaneer lead to 13.
The drive began at the Buccaneer 46-yard line after a fumble forced by Michael Bennett and scooped by Mason Foster. Doug Martin took the first two hand-offs for 20 yards before an impressive two-yard play that ended the quarter and picked up a crucial first down.
A false start penalty on first down forced a first-and-15 that the Buccaneers were unable to overcome with two incompletions and a three-yard Freeman scramble. Barth then hit his field goal to extend the lead.
The Buccaneers end the first quarter up on the Minnesota Vikings 10-0. K Connor Barth hit a field goal from 28 yards out and FB Erik Lorig crossed the goal line for the first time in his career.
The only bright spot so far for the Vikings has been RB Adrian Peterson who has five touches for 39 yards. QB Christian Ponder has just four yards on one completion. Jerome Simpson caught the lone completion, but fumbled the ball which was recovered by Tampa Bay LB Mason Foster.
Josh Freeman has one passing touchdown after hitting on six of his 12 passes for 55 yards. RB Doug Martin has 7 carries for 65 yards, one of them for 41 yards. Vincent Jackson leads receivers with one catch of 26 yards.
The Buccaneers will have possession to begin the second quarter at the Viking 32 yard line.
The Vikings were starting to find a rhythm with RB Adrian Peterson who took of for two consecutive 11-yard runs.
Ponder then dropped back and passed it off to WR Jerome Simpson, for his first completion of the night. As Simpson was being taken down by three Buccaneers after what seems to be a short gain, DE Michael Bennett got a hand on the football, stripping it loose. LB Mason Foster was able to pick it up and set up the Buccaneer offense with great field position for the third time of the day.
The Buccaneers will start from their own 46-yard line.
With great field position, QB Josh Freeman led the Buccaneers 48 yards down the field for the first touchdown of the game.
On an early third-and-10, Freeman unloaded up the middle to WR Vincent Jackson. The pass came in high and hot, but Jackson was able to climb the ladder and make the grab, good for 26 yards. Another pass to RB Doug Martin gave the Buccaneers a first down inside the red zone before Freeman connected one more time with TE Dallas Clark, setting up the team at the one yard line.
In the same situation as they were one week ago, the Buccaneers faced a first and goal from the one yard line. Freeman faked the hand off and hit a wide open FB Erik Lorig on the play-action pass. It is Lorig’s first career touchdown.
The Buccaneers lead is extended to 10-0. The Minnesota Vikings will set up their fourth drive of the game with 3:34 on the clock.
The Buccaneers defense created their third three-and-out of the night, setting up the offense with another great starting point.
Adrian Peterson took one up the middle for four yards before Percy Harvin was stuffed for a loss of one on his first touch of the night. The secondary then forced Ponder to zero of five passing for the game on third down.
Another Chris Kluwe punt landed short, but was muffed by PR Roscoe Parrish as it bounced off his shoulder pads. The Buccaneers were able to fall on it though, starting the next series in Minnesota territory at the 48.
Buccaneer K Connor Barth connected from 28 yards out to put the Buccaneers up three early in the first quarter. It is his 35th consecutive make from 40 yards out or fewer.
The play was set up by a long play, which is what the Buccaneers are becoming known for. Doug Martin took a second down handoff for the first first down of the game and much more. Martin took the handoff on a draw and stalled behind his fullback Erik Lorig before bouncing it all the way out to the left sideline, taking the carry 41 yards down field, his longest play of the year, setting up the Buccaneers at the Viking 17-yard line. It is the Bucs’ ninth play of 40 or more yards in their seven games.
WR Tiquan Underwood caught the next pass for a seven yard gain, but a batted pass and third-and-three overthrow forced the Buccaneers to settle for the field goal.
The Vikings will receive the kickoff with 9:51 remaining in the quarter.
So far, three-and-outs have been the name of the game.
The Buccaneers were unable to get anything started on their first drive and kicked it back to the Vikings. The Vikings drive was eerily similar to the last with the Buccaneer pressure forcing QB Christian Ponder to throw away two balls. Adrian Peterson took the second down carry for five yards.
The ensuing punt went off the side of P Chris Kluwe’s foot, traveling just 20 yards. The Buccaneers will take over at their 42-yard line.
The Buccaneers defense has made another strong start in a game. It all started with DE Michael Bennett forcing Christian Ponder to throw one away.
Adrian Peterson took the second down handoff for eight yards, then on third-and-short another pass to the flat fell incomplete.
After the three-and-out, the Buccaneers will take over possession at their 20-yard line.