Gus Frerotte needed a big bounce-back game after that debacle against the Packers last week. So far, so good: Gus has only had to attempt 9 passes, what with all the handing off, but he’s completed seven of them for 73 yards and one big TD to Bobby Wade. More importantly, Gus has not thrown an interception. He has been pressured quite a bit, but Gus has shown he can handle pressure.
On the other side of the ball…the pass rush has not really gotten going, and the result has been a lot of time for Jeff Garcia, who is 12/15 for 136 yards at the break. The good news is that the Bucs have gone full-retard every time they’ve gotten down in the redzone, forcing them to settle for a pair of field goals. It really looked like the Vikes were going to give up a TD on one sequence that featured an idiotic late hit by Ray Edwards on Garcia, but the Bucs ended up going backward, and finally attempted a shovel pass that went nowhere. So far, I’d say Brad Childress has out-done Jon Gruden in the offensive wizardry department. Chilly even whipped out a trick play reverse wide receiver pass that ended up being thrown to no one by Sidney Rice. It looked really pretty, and was completely pointless. 13-6 at the half and the Vikes need to get pressure on Garcia.