Bradford reported Friday morning to the team's medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing against Tampa Bay.
Minnesota started the scoring early when rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for his first career National Football League touchdown.
This is more significant this week as it was the first-time quarterback Case Keenum started for the team in purple this year, and he's starting again against Tampa Bay as Sam Bradford continues to be sidelined by a knee injury. His weaving run after the catch led to a 59-yard touchdown to put Minnesota up 28-3 early in the third quarter.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen makes a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch for 45 yards. The Tampa defense looked pretty solid in a 29-7 win over the Chicago Bears last week, picking off two passes and holding the Bears to just 20 yards rushing.
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He's got 17 receptions for 293 yards and four touchdowns.
Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. On a related note, it means the Vikings need to get more out of their defense and running game in Week 3 in order to come out of it victorious against a very talented Buccaneers squad. They converted only one of six third downs. Under pressure, Keenum pulled a 180 from his performance last week, finishing 11-of-13 for 232 yards and three touchdowns against the blitz.
Any defense, even the Buccaneers' own 2002 defense, would start giving up points and yards after being on the field for as long as the Minnesota group was against the Steelers. LB Lavonte David was carted off with 3:14 left in the game after Vikings TE David Morgan fell on his left leg. CB Trae Waynes, S Andrew Sendejo and S Harrison Smith all had interceptions for Minnesota.