Week three in the NFL pits two ex divisional rivals as the Minnesota Vikings welcome the adversity battled Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite it being only Week three, this serves to be a pivotal game for both teams as both seemed to be fringe playoff teams at the start of the season.
For the Vikings, expectations depending on who you talk to. Some people believe making the playoffs is a real posssibility with a good offensive line and a flashy Delvin Cook. Others will say that there are too many holes on this team that are still missing their franchise Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and are now down to their third string QB after Sam Bradford got hurt.
For Tampa Bay, having their game on September 10th Postponed due to the Hurricane in Miami, they now are given the task to play 16 straight weeks in a row. With Atlanta and Carolina both 2-0, the Buss can't afford to fall too far back in the division with tough games against the Giants and Patriots looming followed by games AT Arizona and and Buffalo.
The loser of this game takes a step back early in the year. Historically speaking, it takes about 10 wins to make the playoffs as a wildcard.
In total agreement it is early in the year, but getting off to a slow start might put these two teams behind the eight ball and that's something that fringe playoff teams don't want.