Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Tim Arcand@@TArcandCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2012

Buccaneers 36, Vikings 17 final score. 

After giving up a 14-point lead to the Saints last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used an efficient offense behind three Josh Freeman touchdown passes and 135 rushing yards behind rookie running back Doug Martin. He also caught a screen pass from Freeman, breaking away for a 64-yard touchdown. 

The Bucs opened up a 13-point lead in the second quarter and never looked back. 

Their dominating 19-point win marks the second largest margin of victory on Thursday nights this season. Along with the Giants they are the only road teams to win on TNF.

For the Vikings, fumbles by Jerome Simpson and Adrian Peterson led to 10 points for Tampa Bay. It was another horrible game for quarterback Christian Ponder who missed on his first five passes of the game. While his final numbers don't look that bad—19-of-35 for 251 yards with a touchdown and an interception, they don't come close to how poorly the Vikings' offense played. 

Adrian Peterson was the only bright spot for the Vikings as he finished with 123 yards and a touchdown. Heading into the weekend he is the NFL's leading rusher—simply an incredible statement when you consider he has major knee surgery about 11 months ago. 

This is a big win for Tampa Bay whose four losses were all by seven points or less, and a devastating loss for the Vikings whose offense appears to be floundering. 

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