The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have come alive over the last three weeks, a direct correlation to their time spent during the bye week.
Since Tampa Bay took Week 5 off, the team is 2-1 and has scored 102 points. This offensive output—34 points per game—is a stark contrast to the way the team floundered before the break, scoring just over 20 points per game.
The offense is running smoothly with quarterback Josh Freeman throwing the ball more, and he’s spreading the ball around to multiple receivers on different routes of varying depth. Freeman looks just as comfortable—maybe more so—throwing deep as he does a short route.
It was Tampa Bay’s Week 8 game in Minnesota, however, where the Buccaneers took their biggest leap forward.