Benn's up-and-down afternoon
Through three quarters, Bucs WR Arrelious Benn's biggest contributions were those that helped the Vikings. There was the dropped ball in the first half that forced a punt. And in the second half came a mental error, an illegal shift penalty that erased a 17-yard touchdown reception by WR Mike Williams.

There was little reason to think Benn would make one of the biggest plays a 25-yard touchdown catch that edged the Bucs to within 20-17 late in the fourth quarter.

"It says a lot about how I bounce back," Benn said. "I really beat myself up. I think the last two weeks, personally, I've been starting off flat. I needed to get it going. But as the game goes on, it gets better. It shows a lot about the confidence (the coaches) had to go to me at that time. Not just them but Josh (Freeman)."

Benn, who was out for much of the offseason and was limited in the preseason because of knee surgery in December, had help from Freeman in shaking his slow start.

"He expects to play a perfect game," Freeman said of Benn. "When he makes a mistake, he might be a little too hard on himself. But at the same time, he's a guy who is huge for us. I told him on that touchdown, 'Hey, they're going to be sucking in on LeGarrette (Blount), and there's going to be one-on-one (coverage), and I'm going to give you a chance.'

"He just ran by (the defender). There's nothing special about that play except he just ran by the guy. He put it in his mind that he was going to do it, and he did it."

About the writer
Stephen F Holder has been writing additional Buccaneer features and daily blog reports on the team for several seasons now for The St.Petersburg Times.