Game Night Minnesota, Mission Impossible?
Good morning Mr. Schiano: Your mission should you decide to accept it is to find a way to defeat the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings in the dangerous confines of their home field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis tonight in front of a national audience. We realize your defensive secondary has not performed up to your standards but we are confident you will find a way to ameliorate the situation. You will be tasked with stopping the National Football League’s most dangerous runner — Adrian Peterson.
If you or any of your players are embarrassed on national television, the Tampa fans will disavow all knowledge of this mission.
There’s nothing like a reminder of the old Mission Impossible series and maybe that’s what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are up against tonight when they play for the first and only time this season as one of the two featured teams on a solo, all the nation is watching broadcast.
The Buccaneers have yet to win a road game and tonight will be no easy task. Minnesota is on a roll, winning four of it’s last five games.
The keys to tonight’s game are fairly simple: First, the Bucs have to slow down Peterson. Second, they have to make sure they don’t get burned by big plays from the dangerous flanker, Percy Harvin. Third, they have to find a way to put pressure on Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder and finally, they have to find a cure for what ails their porous defensive secondary, the one decimated last week by Drew Brees. On offense, Josh Freeman needs to keep doing what’s he’s been doing over the past three games and that’s find open receivers and create big passing plays that will open up the running game.
Sounds very simple, doesn’t it?
It won’t be. The Bucs come in as a 6 1/2 point underdog.
Mission Impossible? Maybe not impossible but perhaps improbable.