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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on the road for the first time this season to take on the Minnesota Vikings.

This could be a much tougher test than the season opener as the Buccaneers continue their 16 weeks straight grueling schedule. These are the players to watch during the upcoming game.

DeSean Jackson

With Xavier Rhodes likely to be matched up with Mike Evans Jackson has to come through and catch some of the long balls thrown to him.

Jackson had a very unimpressive week one three receptions for 39 yards and will look to rebound in a big way to stretch this Vikings defense.

The Vikings have performed admirable defending the pass, but have yet to encounter anyone with Jackson’s game-breaking abilities.

Kendall Beckwith

Beckwith is looking like he could have been the steal of this year’s draft.  He has the size and mobility to be a three-down defender.

This week is going to be a tough test for him as the Vikings have a solid rookie of their own in Dalvin Cook who has shown to be an excellent running back already in his young career.

If Sam Bradford doesn’t start the Vikings might look to run the ball more, and Beckwith must be there to make the key stops.

Donovan Smith

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Smith who has never missed a game in his young career must be ready for Everson Griffin, and the Vikings pass rush.

With the Vikings stout run defense they Buccaneers might have to pass the ball quite a bit.

Smith has to stop the edge rush and allow Jameis Winston time in the pocket to let his receivers get open.

Donovan held up well last week against the Bears, but will now be facing a much better defensive line.

T.J. Ward

The Vikings have a young running back in Davin Cook that might force Ward to play up in the box this week.

The Buccaneers used this tactic to stop the dynamic duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen last week holding them to 20 combined yards.

The Buccaneers front seven can only do so much, and Ward might be the difference maker to help stop the run.

Noah Spence

The lone Buccaneer to record a sack last week must continue to get after the quarterback.  Putting pressure forces mistakes and the secondary is ready to capitalize on those mistakes.

The Bucs forced four turnovers last week and have to continue to make teams turn the ball over, and it could start with Spence disrupting the backfield.

Look for another strong performance off the edge for the improving Sence.

This week is the first real test for the Buccaneers and only time will tell if the keys to success show up and allow the Buccaneers to remain undefeated at 2-0.


Sean Eck, FIU Panther, Lead Writer/Editor ProFootballSpot.com Follow me for more articles like this on twitter @Sean_Eck #gobucs