TAMPA BAY (2-4)

The Bucs added first-round draft pick Doug Martin at running back and signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson to upgrade their offense this season.

BUCS WEEK 7

New Orleans 35, Tampa Bay 28

The Bucs gave up four TD passes to Drew Brees. The game came down to the final play, but an end-zone catch by Tampa Bay's Mike Williams was negated by a penalty.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Bucs QB Josh Freeman

In his fourth year out of Kansas State, Freeman already has made his mark at the Metrodome. He led the Bucs to a touchdown in the final minute in a 24-20 victory last year.

OUTLOOK

The Vikings defense will be tested more than it was against Arizona, but the short turnaround from Sunday to Thursday games usually favors home teams. Outlook: Horns up.