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Buccaneers vs. Vikings 2012 game preview: Tampa Bay plays Minnesota on national stage

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football this week. What happened the last two times these teams tangled?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to play the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football. The Buccaneers are coming off a 35-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 14 In that game, quarterback Josh Freeman completed 24-of-42 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Doug Martin carried the ball 16 times for 85 yards and a touchdown as well.

The last time these two teams played each other was on Sept. 18 last season, where the Buccaneers won 24-20 on a 4-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Freeman completed 22-of-31 passes for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The defense was not able to slow down Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who ran 25 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m.
Location: Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN.
TV: NFL Network
Radio: WDAE 620 AM, WFUS 103.5 FM

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