Buccaneers 24, Vikings 20


The physicality
This rings true for every Bucs game but being down 17-0, I don’t think any team would have quit but I think panic can lead to second-guessing and take you out of your mindset.

The triplets
LeGarrette and the O-line – and Leslie Frazier’s mind-numbing decision not to use his timeouts – were the difference but Mike Williams creates single coverage and Josh Freeman owns the 4th quarter.

Preston Parker
Dude takes every opportunity and runs with it, this time with 6 catches for 98 yards. The Buccaneers have made a living off finding these youngry low-risk players like him and Cody Grimm and E.J. Biggers and Mike Williams and Blount and…

The run defense
186 yards and 2 rushing TDs allowed. The Buccaneers can do the “bend-not-break” thing but they are lucky that the Vikings still haven’t figured out how to use Adrian in the passing game and have yet to have another playmaker step up to keep teams from putting 8 in the box.

Offensive consistency
The Buccaneers ended up maybe needing that extra possession they got from the converted onside kick.

LOOKING AHEAD: With the Falcons coming into town, I am sure Tampa Bay will play with intensity, given some of the questionable and aggravating moments in those feisty matches last year. It’s important not to fall to 0-2 at home and 0-1 in the division and it would be great if Preston Parker can continue his success, if the Bucs can keep forcing turnovers and if they can establish the run early.

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