The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings will face off on Sunday.
Tampa Bay went 8-9 last season, losing in the Wild Card game to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14. The Buccaneers will play their first season without future Hall of Famer Tom Brady under center since 2020. Meanwhile, Minnesota posted a 13-4 record last year but fell to the New York Giants in the Wild Card. The Vikings have one of the best passing attacks in the NFL, led by star wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
Bucs vs. Vikings Betting Odds
|Tampa Bay||+5 (-110)||Over 45.5 (-115)||+200|
|Minnesota||-5 (-110)||Under 45.5 (-105)||-240|
Odds Courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook
Bucs vs. Vikings Match Details
Fixture: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
Date & Time: Sunday, September 10, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bucs vs. Vikings Key Stats
Tampa Bay, led by former starting quarterback Tom Brady, threw for 4,586 yards last season, the second-highest mark in the league. However, the team will turn to former first-round pick-turned-journeyman Baker Mayfield to run the offense in 2023. The Oklahoma product threw for ten touchdowns against eight picks in ten starts last season. The Bucs, which ranked dead last in the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns last season, will have a first-year starter at running back this season. Rachaad White will start after running for 481 yards and one score in 2023.
Defensively, Tampa Bay was strong against the pass last season. The Bucs held opponents to just 5.6 net yards per attempt but only forced ten interceptions against 29 touchdowns. They were susceptible to the run, allowing 4.5 yards per attempt.
Minnesota placed in the top six in passing yards and touchdowns last season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, star receiver Justin Jefferson, and first-round pick Jordan Addison round out a strong Vikings passing attack. Minnesota was 26th or worse in rushing yards and rushing yards per attempt in 2023. The Vikings have since replaced former starting RB Dalvin Cook with Alexander Mattison. The 25-year-old ran for 283 yards and five scores last season.
The Vikings struggled on defense last year. They allowed the second most yards per game while mainly getting cooked in the passing game.
Bucs vs. Vikings Betting Prediction
I like the over in this matchup. The Vikings are undoubtedly one of the best offenses in the NFL, and I expect them to remain electric in 2023. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay may not have Tom Brady, but a date with a poor Vikings defense should elevate the potential of the Bucs offense. So, let’s roll with the over in this Week 1 tilt.