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Bucs high Vikings behind Baker Mayfield’s 2 touchdowns in first recreation of post-Tom Brady period

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers obtained into the win column within the first common season recreation of the post-Tom Brady period.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield was 21-for-34 for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his first recreation as a starter for Tampa Bay.

Mike Evans led the crew in receiving with six catches for 66 yards and a landing catch. Trey Palmer caught the opposite TD move.

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Baker Mayfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a move within the first quarter of a recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Financial institution Stadium Sept. 10, 2023, in Minneapolis. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Photos)

Rachaad White ran for 39 yards on 17 carries.

Mayfield’s 28-yard landing move to Evans got here with 1:09 left within the first half. He then discovered Palmer for a 7-yard rating. It was Palmer’s first landing catch of his profession.

Tampa Bay received 20-17.

Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson dominated the Buccaneers’ protection. Cousins accomplished 33 of 44 move makes an attempt for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson had 9 catches for 150 yards. The crew was 1-for-3 within the pink zone, shedding two fumbles. And Cousins threw an interception.

Cousins’ landing passes went to rookie broad receiver Jordan Addison and operating again Alexander Mattison, who added 34 yards on the bottom.

Kirk Cousins tosses the ball

Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings pitches the ball to Alexander Mattison within the first half of a recreation in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Financial institution Stadium Sept. 10, 2023, in Minneapolis. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Photos)

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Minnesota outgained Tampa Bay 369-242. Every crew transformed six occasions on third down. Tampa Bay had one 4th down conversion on one try.

The Buccaneers’ quarterback state of affairs was very a lot up within the air following Brady’s departure. Mayfield beat out Kyle Trask for the job after splitting final season between the Carolina Panthers and the Los Angeles Rams.

The Buccaneers play the Chicago Bears subsequent week.

Justin Jefferson shakes off Carlton Davis

Justin Jefferson (18) of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in opposition to Carlton Davis III (24) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the second quarter of a recreation at U.S. Financial institution Stadium Sept. 10, 2023, in Minneapolis. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Photos)

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The Vikings hit the street to face the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday evening.

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