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NFL: 3 Things That Surprised Me About...Tampa Bay's Win Over Minnesota

Josh Freeman hands off to LeGarrette Blount during the Bucs' comeback win
Josh Freeman hands off to LeGarrette Blount during the Bucs' comeback winAdam Bettcher/Getty Images
Richard O'HaganCorrespondent IIOctober 28, 2016

Tampa Bay staged a remarkable comeback to win against Minnesota, overturning a 17-point deficit at halftime to win 24-20. Here are three things that surprised me about that game:

LeGarrette Blount In the opening week loss to Detroit, Blount had a mere five carries for a meager (by his standards) 15 yards. Against the Vikings he carried 13 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns. The difference that Blount can make to the Bucs' offense is well known, but after using him so little in defeat last week it was natural to suppose that he was going to have to share more carries with Earnest Graham than had been otherwise supposed. Graham only had three carries all day and Blount ran in the game-winning score.

Preston Parker Best known as the player who seemed to have been named after the twins from Desperate Housewives, Parker had only four catches in his entire rookie season. He equaled that last week and this week contributed six receptions and 98 yards. Not only that, he caught two vital third-down passes. Parker's sudden involvement has only come about because of injuries to others, but the Bucs might just have uncovered an unexpected gem.

Timeouts When was the last time you saw a game go down to the final play of the final quarter and yet neither side had used a timeout during the second half? Josh Freeman was so good at managing the clock for Tampa that they didn't need a timeout during their final drive, and they left Donovan McNabb so little time that there was no point in calling one.

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