Week eight begins Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM ET from Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are one back in the loss column behind the Bears in the NFC North while the Bucs are four games out of first behind the unbeaten Falcons in the NFC South. The Vikings are playing extraordinarily well right now, which is why we are going to back Minnesota.
Minnesota Vikings: A win moves Vikes into first place
Viking fans are enjoying a resurgent season in Minnesota this year behind quarterback Christian Ponder and running back Adrian Peterson. There aren’t many other teams in the league that can grind out a win each week like the Vikings can, making this game so incredibly interesting. Minnesota has responded to adversity all season with five wins against two losses. Can they grab win number six on Thursday? We sure think they can.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In desperate need of a win to keep pace
If Tampa Bay wants to keep pace in the NFC South, they absolutely have to win on Thursday night against the Vikings. The Bucs feature the third-best defense against the run in the league, making this matchup a battle of wills. Josh Freeman will need to reduce the number of mistakes he makes, as he has thrown five interceptions this season. If the Tampa Bay defense can limit the running game of Minnesota, they have a shot at winning.
This is a game that could be a trap for the Vikings, who are just percentage points behind the Bears for first place in the NFC North, but head coach Leslie Frazier will have them prepared. The online sportsbook of Bodog.ca has the Vikings as -7 (+110) favorites to knock off the visiting Buccaneers Thursday night. We will take Minnesota at home with the point spread on Thursday to secure win number six and pull into first.
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