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Grading The Game: Bucs

Darren Sharper

The grades for the Vikings' season-opening loss to Tampa Bay are in and about was should be expected – good results on defense and special teams and poor grades on offense.

PASSING OFFENSE: D — Playing behind an offensive line that struggled to provide interior protection, quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions and registered a career-low 49.2 rating. He was also sacked twice as the Vikings failed to generate an offensive touchdown for the first time since Oct. 25, 2001. Top receiver Nate Burleson caught only three passes for 45 yards, and the...

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