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1-0, 3rd in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander is officially out against the Vikings. A third player has also come down with the flu this week -- Kevin Pamphile.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI favors the Vikes in Minny

One of the NFL's most stout rush defenses has a slight edge at home by ESPN's FPI, which gives the Vikings a little north of a 50 percent chance to take down the Buccaneers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameis Winston hit O.J. Howard twice for a pair of touchdowns during route combination work this morning. Howard said that the first play Sunday was indeed intended for him but it was batted down.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

That's Gerald McCoy on the ground getting stretched out this morning with the rest of the Bucs non-special teams players. I think he'll be fine with his ankle injury. It didn't look to be impacting him yesterday getting in and out of his stance.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander is not practicing today due to a hamstring injury. He hasn't practiced all week now. At this point, I don't expect him to play in Minnesota. It would be too risky to do so. We'll get the official injury report later today.

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Koetter emphasizing passion over emotion (0:15)
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"Passion is a great thing and we want passion because when you're making passionate decisions, you're in control. When you're making emotional decisions, you are not always in control." - Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

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Winston: 'I'm going to be who I am' (0:21)
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"I'm going to be me. I'm going to be who I am. There is no way that I cannot be me." - Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Bucs-Vikings injury report today. Head coach Dirk Koetter mentioned that the team is battling a flu bug. Both Chris Baker and Jacquies Smith are sick.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety Chris Conte was fined $24,000 for an illegal hit Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Koetter said that the flu is still a concern with the Bucs. He said they had another player diagnosed with it today, so that player can't even be in the building. We'll have a new injury report here shortly.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is back practicing after missing yesterday with a right ankle injury. His noticeable limp is gone and he looks to be moving well.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander is not practicing today and hasn't been out on the field with teammates the last two days. He's dealing with a hamstring injury. Rookie Kendell Beckwith stepped in for him last week and told me he'd be totally comfortable doing it again and making the calls on defense.

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Bucs-Vikings depends on Bradford (0:48)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken said the goal for the offense on third down is "right around 45 percent because that'll put you in the top-five in the league."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken is very pleased with how calm Jameis Winston was in the pocket against the Bears and the fact that he didn't turn the ball over. He was particularly pleased with that two-minute drive he led before halftime.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken said they have to do a better job finishing in the red zone. They also have to improve on the deep balls. That also falls on protection to allow those deep throws to happen.

Team Stats

Passing Yards194.020th
Rushing Yards117.011th
Points For29.07th
Points Against7.03rd

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