Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs' offense jelling at right time, Vikings' Frazier says
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense is on the rise. It has jumped from 30th in the NFL to 20th since it returned from the bye three weeks ago and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier doesn't see the rise slowing anytime soon. As he continued to prepare Tuesday for the Vikings' matchup with the Bucs on Thursday night at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Frazier said the Bucs are just starting to find their offensive rhythm. "I see an offense that's about to jell,'' Frazier said of the Bucs' attack, which has gained 976 yards and scored 59 points in the past two games. "And the game (quarterback) Josh Freeman had (last) Sunday was scary.In Sunday's 35-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Freeman completed 24 of 42 passes for 420 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. "The ball was on target, he got the ball out in rhythm and the offensive line did a good job," Frazier said. "They're jelling at the just the right time. As the season goes on you want to get better as an offensive line, and it seems like they're doing that.'' The proof is in the production. When the Bucs returned from the bye, they were ranked 23rd in rushing, averaging 91 yards per game, and 29th in passing, averaging 185 yards per game. They'll go into Thursday's game ranked 17th in rushing with a 101.2-yard average and 15th in passing with a 245.5-yard average. "They're one of those groups that can strike from just about anywhere on the field,'' Frazier said. "They take shots down the field and they're successful in doing it, and they have a chance to put you away from an offensive standpoint.''