Tampa Bay Sports Day

BUCS: Cook, Diggs Lead Vikings Past Tampa Bay, 34-17

MINNEAPOLIS —  Case Keenum threw for a career-high 369 yards with three touchdowns and Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 173 yards with two scores in the Vikings’ 34-17 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“Case Keenum has been lights out every time we’ve played him,” Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said. “He looked like the best player in the NFL again today. He hit those deeps balls, and he gave his receivers a chance and they made the plays.”

On Tampa Bay’s opening possession of the game, QB Jameis Winston helped drive the team 53 yards in eight plays, setting up a 40-yard field goal by Nick Folk. Winston went 5-of-5 on the drive, for 50 yards. Bernard Reedy recorded a 50-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Following Reedy’s kickoff return, Tampa Bay (1-1) drove 46 yards in six plays, lasting 3:38, with Winston connecting with tight end Cameron Brate on a 15-yard touchdown.

“For me, I accept my role on this team,” Keenum said. “I know I want to be ready whenever my name is called and so that’s why I prepare. Like I said last week, I prepare every week the exact same in order to play, in order to compete and to put this team in the best possible chance to win.”

 

Minnesota rookie and former FSU running back Dalvin Cook had 169 total yards, 97 yards rushing, 72 receiving, and his first career touchdown in the win for Minnesota (2-1).

The Vikings’ defense intercepted Winston three times — Minnesota’s first takeaways of the season — and held the Buccaneers to 26 yards rushing. Winston was 28 of 40 for 328 yards and tossed a touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson.

“At the end of the day, I make the final decision on where the ball goes and I have got to protect the football at all cost,” Winston said. “No matter what they do, at the end of the day, I’ve got to protect the football.”

Keenum, who completed 25 of 33 passes, connected with Thielen on a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game and willingly went deep several times on Sunday. Diggs caught passes for 47 and 59 yards, the two longest of his career.