MATCHUP: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-0)

WHERE: The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET

SPREAD: Vikings by 6


TV ANNOUNCERS: Curt Menefee and JC Pearson

RADIO: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley

LAST SEASON: The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2004 regular season with an 8-8 record, which secured them second place in the NFC North division and a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. The Vikings were 5-3 at home last season in ’04. The Vikings finished the 2005 preseason with a 3-1 record.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2004 regular season in last place in the NFC South division with a 5-11 record. The Bucs were just 1-7 on the road in ’04. Tampa Bay finished the ’05 preseason with a 2-2 record.

THE LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: Tampa Bay and Minnesota last clashed during the 2002 regular season. The Bucs defeated the Vikings in that contest, which was played at Raymond James Stadium, 38-24.

BUCS-VIKINGS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 18-31 all-time in the regular season vs. Minnesota. The Bucs are just 6-18 on the road vs. the Vikings. Tampa Bay has won three of its last four meetings vs. Minnesota.

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