Tark to Vikes: Don't take Tampa lightly

Ex-Viking quarterback Fran Tarkenton, in his Pioneer Press video blog, says there's a real danger of 5-2 Minnesota overlooking the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight at Mall of America Field.
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