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2012 NFL schedule: Buccaneers head to Minnesota for Thursday showdown

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-4 this season, despite scoring 12 more points than they've allowed.

Mike Ehrmann

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to revive their season on Thursday, when they take on the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are playing on short rest, but Tampa had to travel from Florida to Minnesota for this game, while the Vikings stayed at home.

Around the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons will try to stay unbeaten in Philadelphia. At 6-0, Atlanta holds a commanding lead in the division.

The New Orleans Saints will, like the Bucs, try to get their season back on track. The Saints are 2-4 and have the difficult task of traveling to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

The Carolina Panthers have just one win this season, and they have an unfavorable matchup against the Chicago Bears. Chicago boasts the league's toughest defense, allowing just 13 points per game.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network

Sunday, Oct. 28

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., FOX

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Click here for a full look at the Week 8 NFL schedule.

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