Found October 26, 2012 on The Bay Cave:

Josh Freeman’s first full season of starts in 2010 showed promise of what Tampa Bay could expect out of their young quarterback in the future. And while last season’s play did not match that of the previous season, this season has shown the possibility of having the Josh Freeman that everyone has been waiting for.  Freeman came under a lot of scrutiny in 2011. Many questioned his quarterback play and his leadership. His stats did not match that of 2010 when he helped lead the team to a 10-6 record. But that did not phase the 24 year old quarterback out of Kansas State. His commitment to improve from last season started showing in the offseason. Freeman dropped from 260 lbs down to 240 lbs. He began working one on one with newly hired offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan on the very first day even without a playbook being drawn up. His numbers for the past three weeks are impressive and very encouraging as well. He has thrown for 1,010 yards, nine touchdowns, one interception, and has a quarterback rating of 113.9. During the first four games of the season, he threw for 790 yards, five touchdowns, four interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 75.3. Before Thursday night’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings, no other quarterback in Tampa Bay history has thrown for three or more touchdowns in three consecutive games. Freeman did just that. The recent success could be credited to the work he and the coaches put in during the bye week in week five. Both sides agreed the issues that were seen on tape were correctable and it shows they may have made those corrections. We are seeing a more confident Josh Freeman and one who seems to have finally gotten on the same page with his receivers. So will Josh Freeman turn out to be the franchise quarterback the organization and the fans have hoped for? May still be too early to tell. However, if the recent success is any indication of what’s to come, it sure will be fun to watch. (Photo credit: AP) The post Is Josh Freeman becoming the quarterback he was drafted to be? appeared first on The Bay Cave.


The Vikings are one of the biggest surprises of the season. But how long will it last? A look at their remaining schedule and the NFC North.

The Vikings started off fast and surprised everyone.  I never bought into Ponder as a QB and I think he's coming back to earth.  They still play solid defense, have AP and can throw a little.  The problem is, their schedule gets a lot harder from here on out. Here's a look at their remaining schedule, predictions and a look at their division. @ Seattle - The...

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Minnesota Vikings: Three Bold Predictions

Every year is full of surprising teams, some young, some otherwise.In 2010, the Bucs were that team, going 10-6.  Since then, they are 6-16, completely failing to repeat their success.  Freeman hasn’t been the QB he was in his sophomore year, and the team is trying to rebuild after firing their head coach.Meanwhile, the Vikings were worse than the Bucs with an abysmal 3-13 record...

Vikings' QB situation something to Ponder

MINNEAPOLIS The boobirds started early. It was barely three minutes into the Thursday Night Football game at the Mall of America Field, and the Minnesota Vikings the 5-2 Vikings, nipping at the heels of the Chicago Bears in the NFC North, getting plenty of votes as the NFL's biggest 2012 surprise were already stinking it up. Their offense had a quick three-and-out to start...

Cook to have surgery on broken arm

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will need surgery on his broken right arm and will be out seven or eight weeks. Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that the team is planning to place Cook on revocable injured reserve following his injury Thursday night during a loss to Tampa Bay. Cook could be out for the remainder of the regular season. But the Vikings (5-3) are holding out hope he...

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson Silences His Critics

I heard a lot of chatter last season when Vikings star running back went down with an ACL injury that he would never be the same player again. After all, this was a pretty devastating injury to a guy who relies on explosion as much as he does. Having to basically have his knee completely reconstructed, some even predicted he wouldn’t even be ready to go when the 2012 season...

Vikings will try to avoid letting loss linger

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The benefit for the Minnesota Vikings, at least initially, of playing on a short week as part of Thursday Night Football this week was an extra bit of rest before they travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4.Minnesota hoped to have the extended break to heal, rest and prepare for a crucial second half of the schedule, loaded with tough games, road games...

Doug Martin shows Bucs what he can do

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did more than shake off a nine-game losing streak at Minnesota on Thursday night. They also put to rest questions about trading up into the first round last spring to draft 5-foot-9, 223-pound running back Doug Martin out of Boise State. Martin broke out with a huge game in the Bucs' 36-19 victory against the Vikings, running for...

Vincent Jackson Active vs. Vikings

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is active for Thursday Night Football vs. Minnesota. Fantasy Spin: Jackson was limited in practice by a hip ailment, but was listed as probable and not at risk of missing the game. He has a tough matchup, but is safe to consider for fantasy duty from a health perspective.

Yotter: Time to make Peterson ‘All Day’

Adrian Peterson sure appears to be completely back from knee and ankle injuries, so it’s time for the Vikings to rely on him more, especially in key situations: Early in games and on third-and-short, which happens to be two of the shortcomings of late.

Bucs activate Bowers from PUP

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was activated for Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings after spending the first seven weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. Bowers, who suffered a torn Achilles in May, returned to the practice field Oct. 17. He was a second-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2011, and he played all...

Defensive ends call for ‘ownership’ of loss

Defensive ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison called for the Vikings to learn from the loss and not run from it, but did the Vikings get over-confident?

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Tweet     Week 8 gets underway this evening with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) in Minneapolis to face the Vikings (5-2). To get you ready for this week’s action our Omar Mills delivers his picks and analysis as only he can. If you missed any of his picks from previous weeks you can check [...]
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