After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings' offense has come alive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense in the second quarter. But the Bucs continue to lead the teams' Thursday night showdown, 20-10, at the half on the strength of a Mike Williams touchdown grab in the back of the endzone.
The Bucs had added to their 10-0 first-quarter margin with another field goal from kicker Connor Barth, who finished a 10-play, 32-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal in the early part of the quarter.
A touchdown strike from Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to receiver Percy Harvin to cap a five-play, 80-yard drive had put the Vikings on the scoreboard to shrink the Buccaneers' lead to 13-7, but Williams' three-yard reception put the Bucs up by double digits once again.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh cut the Bucs' advantage to 20-10 with a long, 51-yard field goal inside of the two-minute warning.
Doug Martin, who broke off a key 41-yard dash in the first quarter, has 106 yards rushing in the first half alone, helping the Bucs stay ahead of the Vikings on the road.