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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    Horse

    Vikings played a Top 5 team; who did we play? Vikings/Bucs are evenly matched. Vikings have hometown advantage ; unfortunately, we lose. I hope I’m wrong. Go Bucs!

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      Bucnut2

      I agree Horse and hope you are wrong.

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    Bucnut2

    For me, nothing else matters than how Winston plays. This is the type of game where QB ought to be the difference maker. If he takes the step forward that everyone is predicting, we win. If he plays like he did the last 5 games last year, we lose, simple as that.

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      RootsCrew

      Nothing else matters, huh? Not how the OL blocks? Not how the DL has to get pressure and stop the run? Not how the secondary plays? Not how the running backs and wide receivers do their jobs? Not how Dirk calls the game? It’s only on the QB? How absurd. You just live for taking shots at Winston.

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        Bucnut2

        No- I just know that these are the kind of games franchise QB’s find a way to win these. Think Aaron Rogers with no a depleted O-line and no Jordy Nelson last year at Dallas. If Winston wants to be elite he has to find a way to beat Case Keanum.

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          RootsCrew

          Wrong. It’s about our defense finding a way to beat Case Keenum & the Vikings offense. Jameis has to worry about the Vikings defense. It’s not all about Jameis. Teams win games.

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            scubog

            Bucnut 2 always tries to find a way to take a jab at Jameis Winston without ever offering any credit when it’s due. For ones’ opinions to have credibility they need to be unbiased, offering both good and bad perspectives.

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    Buc 1976

    If the Bucs don’t turn the ball over they WIN!
    I am hoping to see OJ Howard have a good game. Payton Barber could also help a lot in the running game.
    The

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      Bucnut2

      yep the question is will Winston be a TO machine or will he manage this game well. It all comes down to him

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    fredster

    QBs don’t beat other QBs last I checked was a team sport. The whole team better play well if they want to beat his good team on the road. Bradford or not it’s a good team.

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      Bucnut2

      These are two pretty even teams except at the QB position. They have a career journeymen and we have someone who is supposedly trending to elite. The NFL is a QB driven league. This game comes down to Winston. It’s that simple.

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    Buc 1976

    Let me try to finish. The loss of Kwon will be felt as to how much we will have to see. GO BUCS!

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    Horse

    I’m not worried about our offense, I’m worried about our defense. We have injuries at some of our starting positions and this is what concerns me. This Viking team is much better than last year and the year before. We can beat them then I feel comfortable we could win more than 9 games. Go Bucs!

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      Bucnut2

      I’m worried more about the office. Griffen has totally owned Smith and I think we will struggle to protect a turnover prone Winston. I hope he doesn’t give the game away.

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    Bucnut2

    offense

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    GoldsonAges

    The Vikings defense is very stout at home. Their defense will expose our weaknesses at LT, LG and RB. Will Winston have time to throw? Will Stocker and OJ Howard stay in to block and keep Jameis clean? On the other side of the ball the Bucs should have an advantage. Minnesota has a vastly improved OL from last year and a premium RB. With Alexander out I expect Beckwith and Glanton to both step up and make plays. Our run defense is the key to this matchup. If we allow 5 ypc as Pittsburg did last week we will lose. If we shut Cook and McKinnon down we will win

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    plopes808

    This is unquestionably a tougher matchup than the Bears last week. That said though, it is definitely a winnable one. For all the talk about Keenum being 2-0 against us, we need to remember that we didn’t have this defense on the field back then. Our defense has played lights out since the bye last year and I expect that to continue.

    Losing Kwon is definitely gonna hurt us but I believe Beckwith played well last week in his stead and will continue to do so. Glanton has also shown promise enough to make up for the loss. The key will be shutting down Cook and I believe we will be able to do that. Ward showed why he was such a valuable FA addition last week and will show his run support skills this week. Our secondary is good enough to cause problems for Theilen and Diggs as long as we shut down Cook. With Bradford under center it would be a lot tougher, but lucky for us he won’t be suiting up.

    On the offensive side, it’ll come down to our Line play, especially our Ts. We need to push the run even if it isn’t immediately fruitful and keep those pass rushing DEs honest. The one on one matchup of Evans/Rhodes will be fun to watch. I don’t believe there is a DB in the game that can shut Evans down 1 on 1 for an entire game (ask Sherman lol.) I’m liking the matchup for DJax, and hopefully we see the timing between he and Winston improve from last week. After 3 weeks not playing I think that was expected and will get better. Koetter will probably leave Howard and Stocker in pass protection if our line begins to struggle, so I believe we have the tools to deal with the pass rush and give our WR time to get open.

    This will be one of those games that tests our patience for sure, and will give an accurate view of how far this team has come in recent years. I look forward to the challenge and truly believe we will be up to it.

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    scubog

    I don’t think any opponent will fear our running game until we have a player at the position who is more than “just a guy”. The game plan for the Vikings defenders will be to ignore the run. Since covering all of the passing targets will prove to be a difficult task, the only option is to pressure young Jameis in an attempt to force mistakes. But, one of the things # 3 does best is make plays when out of the pocket. I’m looking for a big day from Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

    Vikings offense will just try to get through this game relying on Dalvin Cook with Keenum operating as a game manager. Our defense faced that same situation last week against the Bears and fared quite well against their RB tandem.

    Look for more of the same.

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    fredster

    Look like no Chris Baker. Not sure how much he contributes anyways after just one game against the crappy Bears. Time will tell if he was worth the signing I guess. Hope Grimes can go he’s doubtful.

    No Baker,Kwon,Grimes, this just got tougher. Still they are playing Keenum. We just have to get pressure. I think McCoy is dinged up too. This is one of those games we need him to really dig deep and just takeover.

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    fredster

    I’m not worried about Jameis “losing the game” either Bucnut. I think he will play much smarter in his third year and take what the defines gives him.

    I am worried most about Donovan Smith getting Jameis hurt if they don’t help him a lot today with Howard or something. Smith is terrible especially against speed rushers.

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