Two Connor Barth field goals and two Josh Freeman touchdown passes have the Buccaneers up 20-10 at the half.
Just looking at the yardage statistics you would think that the Buccaneers are off to a rough start. Fact is: the Buccaneer defense have just been setting up Freeman with a very short field to work with. Both Michael Bennett and Ronde Barber have forced fumbles in the game, setting up the offense in excellent scoring position. Add in two short punts and the Buccaneers have started inside their own 40-yard line four times tonight.
Josh Freeman has connected on two touchdown passes, one to FB Erik Lorig, the other on an 3-yard fade to WR Mike Williams. He has hit on 10 of his 22 passes for 85 yards.
Just before the half, Doug Martin eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time in his young career. He has had an outstanding game, with 106 yards on 14 carries, his long going for 41 yards.
Eight different players have caught passes for the Bucs this game. Vincent Jackson is leading the way with 26 yards, while TE Dallas Clark has two catches for 23.
For the Vikings, the lone touchdown came on a pass from QB Christian Ponder to WR Percy Harvin. Ponder has 125 yards passing on nine completions.
Adrian Peterson has 60 yards on the ground on 10 touches, but is responsible for one of the two fumbles. The other fumble came on Ponder’s first completion of the day when it was lost by WR Jerome Simpson.
Harvin is the leading Viking receiver with four catches and 67 yards.
Defensively, for the Buccaneers, Ronde Barber is having a big day with six tackles, a number of big QB pressures that have forced incompletions, and of course his forced fumble. Chad Greenway leads the Vikings in tackles with eight.
The Buccaneers will start the second half receiving the kickoff and will look to extend their 10-point lead.