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Bucs Put Vikings Under Pressure

Marcus Johnson

For most of the preseason, Vikings coach Mike Tice said he was pleased with the play of the offensive line. Sunday, however, the pressure of Tampa Bay's defense threw Minnesota solidly off its rhythm. Plus, get news, notes and quotes regarding the rookie report, the special teams and the many tales of the running backs.

The problem with both the running game and passing game can be attributed mainly to two factors: The Vikings' interior blocking combination of Cory Withrow and Marcus Johnson isn't the same as the combination of Matt Birk and David Dixon was last year, and Tampa Bay brought pressure at those two with defensive tackles Chris Hovan and Anthony McFarland. Eventually, the Vikings made a change in the... Recommended Stories