The Buccaneers got back from their bye week amazingly on Sunday, beating the Vikings and moving to 8-5 on the season.

After the game, Bucs pass rusher Shaquil Barrett called the bye week “perfect timing,” given that the team required a mental break. It permitted them to “just refocus and take care of the problems that needed to be taken care of so we won’t be making the same mistakes we used to make.”

The defense didn’t look extraordinary early, and Barrett recognized that a “bend but don’t break” approach isn’t ideal. Notwithstanding, he added that Minnesota’s failure to score points at a time in the game when the Vikings were outflanking Tampa helped essentially.

“I mean, tell the field goal kicker we appreciate him,” Barrett said with respect to Vikings kicker Dan Bailey, who had four misses in all on Sunday.

Barrett was laughing when he said it. Bailey, the Vikings, and their fans surely weren’t laughing anytime on Sunday.

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