Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Minnesota Vikings is the big game for Thursday Night Football tonight, with the Vikings looking to continue their impressive early season form. The game will be broadcast from 8.20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network, but can also be watched online through FREE live stream (details below).
The Vikings have stunned everyone with their early season form, and are probably at the moment the surprise package of the 2012-2013 season.
Following their terrible season in 2011, where they finished with a record of 3-13, many did not hold high hopes for this season. The Vikings were in fact many pundits' favorites to finish last in the NFC North this year, however, they have gone about their early season with a mission to prove their doubters wrong - and they've done it fantastically.
Coming into Week 8 the Vikings are 5-2 and are just half a game from first place in the NFC North. They find themselves ahead in the standings of both Detroit and Green Bay, who were predicted to make the playoffs this year by many.
The Vikings will be favorites for this game, coming into the game in good form, as well as playing with home advantage - they are unbeaten at home so far this season.
Meanwhile Tampa Bay have yet to win on the road so far this season. The Buccaneers have been disappointing this season, and come into this game with a poor 2-4 record. However, that record should not allow the Vikings to take them lightly, a closer look at their games will show that they have been within touching distance of a win in every single game - they have not lost a game by more than seven points in all four defeats so far.
The Buccaneers have been slightly unlucky in some games, but have also missed that something extra that would turn a close loss into a confidence building tight victory.
Tampa Bay have the third ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing just 76 yards on average over the ground per game.
The Vikings meanwhile have the seventh best rush offense, and are registering 132 yards per game on average.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Minnesota Vikings is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through FREE live stream by clicking here.