Tonight’s NFL Thursday Night Football game on the NFL Network features the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings putting their unbeaten streak at home on the line against the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings are coming off literally running over the Arizona Cardinals in a close game last weekend. The Bucs narrowly lost to the New Orleans Saints by a touchdown and hope to avoid another close loss on the road and falling further behind in the standings. Free online live streaming links to watch tonight’s Thursday Night football game are in the final paragraph below.
Adrian Peterson looked like his old dominant self against the Cardinals last Sunday. He reeled off a season-high 153 yards on the ground and consistently exploded through Arizona’s defensive line. It seemed like every time he touched the ball a five or more yard gain was a given.
While Peterson roughed up the Cardinals, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled mightily. He threw for a meager 58 yards the entire game and tossed a pair of picks for the second consecutive week. The Vikings run game may be on fire right now, but their passing attack is currently ranked 27th in the league with only 203.4 yards per game.
The antidote to Ponder’s woes might be the Bucs secondary who are as porous as Washington’s right now. Peterson will be tested running against the Bucs third-ranked run defense in the league, but their secondary is giving up 323 yards-per-game in the air and rank down at the bottom of the league.
Ponder may want to get some tips from Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman before the game starts. The young gun has been on fire of late and has thrown six touchdown passes in his last eight quarters of play. Though his team lost to New Orleans because they gave up five touchdowns, he threw for 420 yards and gave them ample opportunity to win by putting 28 points on the board.
You can watch tonight’s NFL Thursday Night Football game in HD on the NFL Network, or watch an online live stream at NFL.com. Another free online streaming option if you have a strong anti-virus software program running can be found here. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to snap the Vikings perfect record at home this season when tonight’s game kicks off at 8:20 EST / 5:20 PST.