The Buccaneers tried to give their ailing pass rush a boost Thursday, activating DE Da'Quan Bowers from the physically unable to perform list just hours before kicking off against the Vikings.
With help from rookie Doug Martin, the Bucs bounced back from Sunday's loss to improve to 3-4 with a 36-17 win over Minnesota at the Metrodome.
It started with one voice breaking the silence, left tackle Donald Penn saying to no one in particular what he'd just witnessed was in no way an example of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers call "Bucs ball."
Buccaneers safety Sean Jones pondered the question for only a second.
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik sat in the stands at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., in January, watching a Senior Bowl workout and reveling in the fact he didn't have to focus on the quarterbacks.