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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings match up on Thursday night football in Week 8 of the season. For the Vikings, the continue to be one of the surprises in the league this season, and can keep on pace with Chicago at the top of the NFC North. For the Bucs, they feel last week in a tough loss, and can’t afford many more losses if they hope to turn around a slow start to 2012.
Minnesota sits at 5-2 on the season, coming off of a nice win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7. The Vikings are tied atop the NFC North in terms of wins with the Bears, but Chicago has played one less game and has one less loss. So this one will certainly be important. Minnesota has played great at home, and are a perfect 4-0 in the Metrodome.
On the other side of the field, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman threw for a career high in yardage on Sunday at home against the Saints, but it still resulted in a tough 35-28 loss.
Oddsmakers are giving he edge in this prime time showdown to the home team.
Vikings vs Bucs Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Minnesota as touchdown favorites over Tampa Bay. at the seven-point line, the Vikings will need to win by at least eight points to cover, while a win by six points or less for Minnesota will give Tampa Bay the win against the spread.
The Bucs have actually fared better against the spread this season, and are the inverse of their straight up record. At 4-2 ATS through six game, betting against the spread on Tampa Bay has been profitable. It’s been dead even for the Vikings, who are 3-3-1 ATS this season.
Minnesota has been getting things done by being efficient with the ball and not turning it over. Quarterback Christian Ponder hasn’t been lighting up the stat sheet, but he has been efficient with the ball. Handing it off to Adrian Peterson certainly helps. And with a wide receiver and all-around playmaker like Percy Harvin, that is also pretty nice.
Tampa Bay will have their hands full on defense, and we will see how Freeman follows up his career performance.
The Vikings and Bucs kick off at 8:20 pm ET, with coverage on the NFL Network.