Josh Freeman has a knack. After a dismal 1st half effort the Bucs were down 17-0 and looking forlorn as they walked off the field. Freeman has 8 4th quarter or OT wins in his young career, and he shows the ability to use the pressure of the moment to his advantage. RB LeGarrett Blount wasn’t bad either, gaining 71 yards and 2 TD’s on 13 carries. Freeman was 22/31 for 243 yards and a score. The final drive of the game started at their own 39 yard line, and ended with Blount scoring from 4 yards out. Tampa Bay loves to see the NFC North having won their last 5 games against the division.
On defense Mason was the leading man with 10 tackles and a sack. They allowed RB Adrian Peterson to barrel through the defense for 120 yards and 2 scores, but really held the passing attack in check. Donovan McNabb threw for 228 yards but no TD’s. Tampa sacked McNabb twice, and made him uncomfortable all day. Minnesota was 5-11 on 3rd downs, but still managed 398 yards of total offense and held the ball for over 33 minutes. The Bucs just made big plays when they had to and put the ball in the endzone while the Vikes kicked FG’s. Coach Raheem Morris said that it may have been the worst half of football he has seen, but they still managed to get a win. When asked about his young QB’s tendency to come from behind he said “He doesn’t blink.” Next week the Bucs take on the Falcons in a big divisional game. Come back for a preview of the hard hitting action.
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