Case Keenum gave Minnesota an excellent efficiency in aid of Sam Bradford, passing for 3 touchdowns and a profession-excessive 369 yards and not using a turnover to information the Vikings to a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Stefon Diggs had 173 yards receiving and caught two of Keenum’s throws for scores, one brief and one lengthy .
Dalvin Prepare dinner produced 169 complete yards plus his first NFL landing, which capped a seventy five-yard drive by the Vikings (2-1) to start out the sport.
They by no means slowed down, constructing a 28-three lead by early within the third quarter on their solution to compiling 494 yards.
Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith every picked off Jameis Winston in the long run zone , and Andrew Sendejo returned an interception 36 yards within the fourth quarter to arrange one in every of two area objectives by Kai Forbath.
Shadowed by Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Buccaneers large receiver Mike Evans had a quiet recreation with seven catches for sixty seven yards. When the offense returned to the sideline following Winston’s third interception, Evans was proven on the TV broadcast angrily shoving over a trash can by the bench.
DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate every had 4 receptions and a landing whereas Winston accomplished 28 of forty passes for 328 yards, however the Buccaneers (1-1) merely could not overcome having to play from behind all afternoon. They transformed solely one in every of six third downs.
Keenum, in the meantime, went 25 for 33 within the third 300-yard recreation of his profession. With Bradford out for the second straight recreation due to an ailing left knee, the undrafted former follow squad participant with 26 begins in six NFL seasons took full benefit of a Buccaneers protection depleted by accidents.
Nicely protected by a vastly improved offensive line, Keenum was not sacked and solely sometimes hurried. He placed on a play-motion passing clinic, discovering Diggs and fellow large receiver Adam Thielen (5 catches, ninety eight yards) open at will.
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Keenum has crushed the Buccaneers in three straight seasons, the previous two with the Rams. His totals: fifty three for seventy six (sixty nine.7 %) for 793 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception with three sacks.
With widespread rebuke across the league towards President Donald Trump for his obscene criticism of the kneeling by gamers in the course of the nationwide anthem in protest of social injustice, Evans and Jackson every took a knee with a hand on their coronary heart in entrance of the bench because the “Star Spangled Banner” performed. Different Bucs gamers locked arms in solidarity.
No one was kneeling on the Vikings sideline, however many gamers additionally stood arm in arm, with house owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf and common supervisor Rick Spielman becoming a member of them. Proper earlier than the anthem performed, a few dozen Vikings ran to the west finish zone and knelt with their heads bowed, together with Prepare dinner, Diggs and Thielen.
Already with out three starters for well being causes, defensive deal with Chris Baker, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Brent Grimes, the Buccaneers protection took much more hits throughout…