Thursday Night Football: NFL Preview

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off Week 8 on Thursday Night Football in Minnesota.

From the NFL, here is their preview of tonight's game:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off Week 8 on Thursday Night Football in Minnesota.

The Vikings, who have a 4-0 record at home this season, defeated Arizona 21-14 in Week 7. Minnesota was led by running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for a season-high 153 yards and one touchdown. The six-year veteran registered his ninth career game with at least 150 yards, the most among active players. Peterson (29) also tied ROBERT SMITH for the most 100-yard rushing games in franchise history.

"We have shown that we can be productive in the run game and the pass game," says Peterson on the keys to the Vikings’ early season success after a 1-6 start a year ago.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay aims to get back on the winning track after a 35-28 loss in Week 7 against New Orleans.

"This is a league that comes down to execution," says Buccaneers quarterback JOSH FREEMAN. "You can have the best scheme in the world, but if you are unable to execute, then it’s all for naught."

Freeman passed for 420 yards last week, the third-most passing yards in a single-game in franchise history, trailing only DOUG WILLIAMS (486) andVINNY TESTAVERDE (469). In his past two games, Freeman has totaled an NFL-best 748 passing yards and is second in the league with six touchdown passes, trailing only AARON RODGERS (nine).

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