- Outstanding game planning by the Vikings to take advantage of depleted Buccaneers secondary with a varied passing attack. They went deep early which caused the Buccaneers to soften their coverage. Combined with a balanced run attack, Keenum was able to get in a rhythm by the start of the second quarter, finding receivers at all levels.
- Buccaneers continued to get burned on man coverage through the first half.
- The Buccaneers did not look to establish the run at all which left their offense one dimensional. They were able to get rolling near the end of the 3rd quarter, but back-to-back turnovers dashed any possibility of a comeback.