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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman

Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press

Week 1 Sept. 9 Jacksonville Win 26-23 (OT) Week 2 Sept. 16 at Indy Loss 23-20 Week 3 Sept. 23 San Fran. Win 24-13 Week 4 Sept. 30 at Detroit Win 20-13 Week 5 Oct. 7 Tennessee Win 30-7 Week 6 Oct. 14 at Washington Loss 38-26 Week 7 Oct. 21 Arizona Win 21-14 Week 8 Oct. 25 Tampa Bay 7:20 p.m. NFLN, Ch. 11 Week 9 Nov. 4 at Seattle 3:05 p.m. Ch. 9 Week 10 Nov. 11 Detroit Noon Ch. 9 Week 11 Nov. 18 Bye Week 12 Nov. 25 at Chicago Noon Ch. 9 Week 13 Dec. 2 at Green Bay Noon Ch. 9 Week 14 Dec. 9 Chicago Noon Ch. 9 Week 15 Dec. 16 at St. Louis Noon Ch. 9 Week 16 Dec. 23 at Houston Noon Ch. 9 Week 17 Dec. 30 Green Bay Noon Ch. 9

Chart: A look ahead to Thursday's game against Tampa Bay

  • October 21, 2012 - 9:21 PM

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.

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