Brief flare up
Cameras showed Bucs TE Kellen Winslow and QB Josh Freeman exchanging some choice words on the sidelines in the second quarter, with both players attributing the dustup to the intensity of the game. "You've got two emotional guys trying to get on the same page," said Freeman, who targeted Winslow 10 times, completing five.

Late in the opening half, Freeman threw three consecutive incompletions to Winslow at midfield. "It got a little heated out there for a while," Winslow said. "This win was huge, especially after what we showed last Sunday in San Francisco, where we got our butts kicked. We put up 26 points today, but it feels like we left about 21 points on the field."

Winslow was reminded that 49ers TE Vernon Davis said the Bucs appeared to quit in the late stages of their 48-3 loss at Candlestick Park. "Tell Vernon Davis to come see us now," Winslow said.

No Blount? No problem
Tampa Bay was without RB LeGarrette Blount on Sunday, but the Bucs did not skip a beat. Earnest Graham rushed 17 times for 109 yards, while Winslow filled Blount's role as a hurdler against New Orleans.

Winslow caught a pass from Freeman in the fourth quarter and leaped over New Orleans CB Jabari Greer for a 15-yard gain. Tampa Bay ended that drive with a 38-yard field goal from Connor Barth, giving it a 26-20 lead. "I don't even know where that came from," Winslow said. "I didn't even know I could do that anymore. I'm on one leg out there, but it's all about helping the team win. You can hurt later."

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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.