Vikings-Bucs: 5 things to watch

Vikings-Bucs: 5 things to watch

The Vikings and Buccaneers are both in the first year of their coaching staffs and schemes, leading to troubled times on the field. A win is desperately needed by both teams.

Vikings face double-trouble challenge

Vikings face double-trouble challenge

The Vikings secondary will be facing a big-bodied tandem that is pretty rare in the NFL. They have their strategy and had a secret weapon in practice this week.

Notebook: Vikings CB Robinson questionable

Notebook: Vikings CB Robinson questionable

Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson didn’t practice Friday after rolling his ankle Thursday and is listed as questionable. And there could be a change in the works for the offensive line.

Vikings look to end futility in Tampa

Vikings look to end futility in Tampa

The Vikings haven’t won in their last six trips to Tampa Bay. Why? The players that have been around aren’t quite sure.

Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions

Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions

John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.

VIDEO: Zimmer addresses Vikings injuries

VIDEO: Zimmer addresses Vikings injuries

Head coach Mike Zimmer discusses injuries and playing time for the game against Tampa Bay. He also reads a note from a Make-A-Wish child that the Minnesota Vikings had visiting last week.

Rudolph: Post-bye return is logical

Rudolph: Post-bye return is logical

Kyle Rudolph moved to conditioning on land this week and continues his comeback from sports hernia surgery.

Special teams learn a lesson with Rams decoys

Special teams learn a lesson with Rams decoys

The St. Louis Rams put special teams coaches on notice with two trick plays last week. Vikings coordinator Mike Priefer saw them and was impressed.

Vikings very familiar with Bucs defense

Vikings very familiar with Bucs defense

The Vikings’ playmakers know what they’re going to see from Tampa Bay’s defense – a Leslie Frazier Tampa-2 scheme.

Preview: Bucs struggling in numerous areas

Preview: Bucs struggling in numerous areas

If the Vikings are looking for a good road opponent to turn their season, the Bucs are it. Tampa Bay has been inconsistent on offense and dreadful recently on defense. (Photo: Josh McCown and Mike Glennon/USA TODAY)

Injury updates: Sullivan clear of concussion

Injury updates: Sullivan clear of concussion

Center John Sullivan has cleared post-concussion protocols and should be able to play Sunday. Still, the Vikings had an extensive injury report Thursday.

Wright finding rhythm with Bridgewater

Wright finding rhythm with Bridgewater

Jarius Wright’s increased productivity continues as learns more about the position and the game, and his familiarity with Teddy Bridgewater from early practices has helped.