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November 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm
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Martin Runs Roughshod Over Raiders In Bucs' 42-32 Victory

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Scott Reynolds


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Rookie running back Doug Martin had a career day with 251 yards rushing and four TDs to key the Bucs' 42-32 victory against the Raiders for the franchise's first-ever win in Oakland. The Bucs defense allowed four TD passes by Carson Palmer, but picked him off three times. Josh Freeman threw two TD passes in the win.
Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin was absolutely sensational in his return to his hometown, thrashing Oakland with a franchise-record 251 yards rushing and team-record four touchdowns in the Bucs’ 42-32 win. Martin muscled his way past Raiders defenders for touchdown runs of 45, 67, 70 and one yards – all in the second half to allow Tampa Bay to get its first win in Oakland in six tries.

Martin toppled James Wilder’s record of 219 yards, which was set against Minnesota on November 6, 1983. Former Bucs tight end Jimmie Giles is the only other player in Tampa Bay history with four scores – catching four touchdown passes against Miami on October 20, 1985.

The Bucs had to shuffle their offensive line due to the injury to Pro Bowler Carl Nicks. Center Jeremy Zuttah moved to left guard to replace Nicks and Ted Larsen was inserted in at center. It might sound strange, but the Bucs didn’t miss Nicks as Tampa Bay’s offense generated 515 yards, including 278 yards on the ground. Coordinator Mike Sullivan and the Bucs offense has scored at least 28 points and gained at least 400 yards of offense in four straight games, which is a new team record.

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was outstanding, too, completing 18-of-30 passes for 247 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Freeman has thrown for 11 touchdowns and only one interception in the last four games. Wide receiver Mike Williams had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, and Vincent Jackson had a pair of catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, including a game-high 64-yarder.

The Bucs defense did a good job of complementing the offense, with defensive ends Michael Bennett and Da’Quan Bowers registering sacks and the secondary countering Carson Palmer’s 414 yards and four touchdown passes with interceptions by cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and E.J. Biggers and free safety Ahmad Black. Black had a tremendous game for the defense, knocking out running back Darren McFadden on a fake punt reception, forcing a fumble and recovering a surprise onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter. 

The Raiders only rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries and also had backup running back Mike Goodson leave the game due to injury.

After trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Bucs built a 35-17 lead in the fourth quarter, only to see Oakland rally to cut the lead to 35-32 after the Raiders used a LeGarrette Blount fumble to build momentum and score two quick touchdowns. But late interceptions by Black and Biggers sealed the win for Tampa Bay.

After winning three of its last four games, including the last two on the road, Tampa Bay is now 4-4 on the season after defeating Oakland and will return home to face San Diego next Sunday.

First Quarter – Raiders 3, Bucs 0

Lamarr Houston blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Connor Barth and returned it 34 yards into Tampa Bay territory at the 44. A neutral zone penalty on Gerald McCoy on third-and-3 gave Oakland a first down. The drive stalled shortly thereafter and the Raiders had to settle for a 27-yard field goal

Second Quarter – Bucs 7, Raiders 3
On third-and-15 from the Tampa Bay 15 Josh Freeman hits Vincent Jackson with a 64-yard pass down to the Oakland 21. Jackson was penalized 15 yards for taunting after the play. Doug Martin had runs of three and 13 yards down to the Oakland 20. On the next play, Jackson hauled in a perfectly thrown fade pass from Freeman for a 20-yard touchdown to put Tampa Bay 7-3.

Second Quarter – Raiders 10, Bucs 7
Carson Palmer beat E.J. Biggers twice – once on a pass to Darius Heyward-Bey for 46 yards and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater on third-and-10 to put Oakland ahead of Tampa Bay, 10-7. The drive took just 22 seconds.

Third Quarter – Bucs 14, Raiders 10
Tampa Bay started the third quarter with a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Martin had carries of six and 10 yards before breaking off a 45-yard touchdown run. Dallas Clark and D.J. Ware had a pair of 12-yard catches on the drive to put Tampa Bay up 14-10.

Third Quarter – Bucs 21, Raiders 10
Freeman hit Mike Williams for a 37-yard catch-and-run to get the Bucs into Raiders territory at the 18-yard line. On third-and-3 at the Oakland 11, the Raiders were flagged for a neutral zone infraction, which gave Tampa Bay a first down at the 6. On second-and-goal from the 4, Williams caught a touchdown pass from Freeman to put the Bucs up 21-10.

Third Quarter – Bucs 28, Raiders 10
On the second play of the series, Martin ripped off a tackle-breaking, 67-yard touchdown run to give Tampa Bay a 28-10 lead late in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter – Bucs 28, Raiders 17
The Raiders answered with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Brandon Myers. Palmer hit Marcel Reese with catches of 26 and 15 yards to key the 10-play scoring drive.

Fourth Quarter – Bucs 35, Raiders 17
Martin broke off a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play of Tampa Bay’s next possession to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 18 points.

Fourth Quarter – Bucs 35, Raiders 24
Rod Streater had catches of eight and 15 yards, Denarius Moore had a 26-yard reception and Reece had catches of nine and six yards to move the ball into Tampa Bay territory. A pass interference penalty on E.J. Biggers in the end zone gave Oakland the ball at the Tampa Bay 1. Palmer hit Myers for a 1-yard TD on the next play to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 35-24.

Fourth Quarter – Bucs 35, Raiders 32
The Raiders converted two fourth-and-2 situations and Palmer connected on a two-point conversion pass to Juron Criner following a 13-yard touchdown pass to Reece. Reece had a 20-yard catch earlier on the drive to get the ball into Tampa Bay territory.

Fourth Quarter – Bucs 42, Raiders 32
After Ahmad Black picked off Palmer and returned the ball to the Oakland 22, Martin rushed for gains of 13 and eight yards before scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run to push the Bucs’ lead to 42-32.

With the victory over Oakland to move the team’s record to 4-4, Tampa Bay has now equaled last year’s win total with eight games remaining. … Cornerback E.J. Biggers forced a fumble in the first quarter and picked off a pass in the fourth quarter – both were his firsts of the year. … Bucs free safety Ahmad Black forced his first fumble, which free safety Ronde Barber recovered on a failed fake punt attempt and also recorded his second interception of the game to seal Tampa Bay’s win. … Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time passing chart with 10,945 yards, surpassing Brad Johnson (10,940 yards). … The Bucs now have eight plays of 60 yards or more this season, which is the most in franchise history. … Linebacker Lavonte David had two tackles for a loss against Oakland and now has a team-high 11 on the season. David also had a team-high and career-best 16 tackles on Sunday. … Tight end Nate Byham had his first catch as a Buccaneer against Oakland and finished with two catches for 15 yards. … Defensive end Aaron Morgan made his Bucs debut on Sunday.

Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin wins the PewterReport.com Bucs MVP honors for the second straight week. Martin not only rushed for his second 100-yard game of the season he also rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns.

Martin also had four catches for 21 yards, bringing his total offensive production to 272 yards. Martin scored on touchdown runs of 46, 67, 70 and one yards. He came into the game with 543 yards and three touchdowns on the year and now has 794 yards and seven scores through eight games. Martin, who now leads all rookie rushers, is on pace to rush for 1,588 yards and score 14 touchdowns this season.

Bucs' inactives against the Raiders were: WR Chris Owusu, RB Michael Smith, G Roger Allen, S Keith Tandy, LBs Najee Goode and Jacob Cutrera and CB Danny Gorrer.

Raiders inactives against the Bucs were: QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Khalif Barnes, CB Shawnte Spencer, OL Lucas Nix, LB Keenan Clayton, DE Jack Crawford and DT Christo Bilukidi.

Defensive end Michael Bennett got shaken up on the field in the first half, but returned to action shortly thereafter.

Cornerback Leonard Johnson was shaken up in the fourth quarter after making a tackle and was replaced by Myron Lewis. Johnson returned after a few plays.

• Wide receiver Arrelious Benn had an illegal block in the back on a punt return in the first quarter that resulted in Tampa Bay’s offense starting at its own 10-yard line.

• Defensive end Gerald McCoy had a neutral zone infraction on third-and-3 in the first quarter to give Oakland a first down in Tampa Bay territory.

• Linebacker Adam Hayward was flagged for roughing the kicker on punter Shane Lechler to give the Raiders a first down.

• Tampa Bay’s defense gave up two fourth-and-2 situations on an Oakland touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

• The Bucs didn’t get any field goals out of Connor Barth as Jeremy Trueblood and Jeremy Zuttah allowed Lamarr Houston to block his first attempt. Barth’s 54-yard attempt in the second quarter was wide left.

• The Bucs didn’t register a sack in the second half despite the Raiders throwing the ball 38 times.

Tampa Bay (4-4) travels home to play the San Diego Chargers (4-4) on Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS if it isn't blacked out. The game is currently not sold out.
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    After the Dallas game , i never dreamed this offense could turn into what it is today. Cornerback position , i'm sure will be addressed in the draft. This is a great time to be a BUCS FAN. We are flat out BALLIN ...
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    Horse: Which of those linebackers that Dominik passed on to draft #22 did you want? That "too small" # 54; he's pretty good too. Just messing with you Pal. Dont you think this might have been the Bucs best draft since 1995? Our fans tend to root for star players rather than the team. After the showing of these draft choices so far; the mighty Bucs might sell some tickets this week. That #5 looks pretty good too. Guess those that hold on to their belief that he sucks can move on to another target.
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    I would purchase a Muscle Hamster shirt.
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    Three quick bits of analysis, though: (1) Leonard Johnson has the makings of a very good CB. I think that, at these points in their careers, his future is brighter than that of Aqib Talib (and this is coming from someone who thinks of Aqib as a very talented player who still could get it together and flourish). Johnson is a guy I was excited for us to sign after the draft, and I have to think that the staff believing in him was a significant factor in the Talib trade being good for the team in the short run. (2) The pass defense was not as bad as the numbers say. Sheridan made the mistake of going to a full-on prevent defense far too early and it nearly cost us, but much of Oakland's damage was done against a defense set up to allow it. When the team played its true defense with thoughtful calls and players were put into position to make plays, we fared well (outside of Biggers and the even more unwatchably bad Myron Lewis). (3) If anyone is still criticizing Josh and his position as a franchise QB, it's time to just stop. He is still young and his career arc is very similar at this point to those of some of the greatest QBs of all time. Many, many guys don't truly "get it" until their 4th season. Sit back and enjoy the show, b/c we have ourselves a special QB, a special RB, great weapons, and what should (fingers crossed) be a truly dangerous offense for years to come.
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    toofamilair17, well said.
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    I'm going to give E.J. Biggers some credit. When E.J. comes galloping down the field, hair bouncing in the wind, 10 yards behind a receiver after he's caught the ball headed for the end zone, he looks just great! Doesn't he? For a guy that gets beaten like a drum all game, he always looks neat and composed as if nothing happened. Just like he stepped out of central casting. Amazing!
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    Still waving the white flag? This offense is incredible! I think, as bucs fans, we don't know how to trust offense to win since its always been the defense wins championships motto here... Seriously, we are becoming a 30-40 point offense just like Nola and I think our defense now will improve to be better than the ain'ts Super Bowl D... Just sayin. Go bucs!
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    Anybody who usually reads through these comments might recognize me as a guy who often goes on loooong diatribes in my comment, offering up some amateur analysis and strong opinions, etc. Right now, I mostly just want to be a fan and say that watching Doug today was a special experience. I second someone else on here who commented and said that he was in awe. Just...wow. DM is undoubtedly something special. When we drafted in April, I specifically wanted both him and David on our team. I wasn't crazy about the Barron pick, but I'm happy to be wrong there. Anyways, DM is an incredible player. I am thrilled at the prospect of watching him play football while wearing pewter and red for the foreseeable future. And that goes for this entire team. It is, once again, a great time to be a Buc fan. Cherish it, Tampa. I know I am.
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    We won and somehow we got it done at the end. We have very little pass defense and we are about to face some real pass throwing QB's from now on except for Seattle. We have got to put more pressure on Rivers next week, but I don't know how we are going to do this. I'll be at the game hoping that we will continues to find a ways to win. Go Bucs!
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    Have you watched SD play this season? As someone who has seen almost every one of their offensive snaps, trust me - they no longer qualify as a high-level passing offense, and Rivers, as of now at least, is not a "real pass throwing QB". That's not to say that it is outside the realm of possibility that they torch us, but a dominant passing offense they are not.
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    Suggest again that we replace the juvenile "Muscle Hamster" with something more respectful to a great young player - I suggest Muscle Martin.
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    Great win! Martin is simply amazing. And just as I said last week Blount runs with zero intensity and vision. He nearly cost us the game. On a good note we are a couple corners and a DT away from the playoffs every year. I can't wait til we drop Biggers...he sucks. He's always getting picked on.
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    That was a great game, minus the defensive let down towards the end. Yes, Biggers and Lewis suck but I could say that after every game. Wait, maybe I do say Biggers sucks after every game. At any rate, D. Martin ran at will despite both of our starting guards being out for the year. Completely impressive. We've got to make sure he stays healthy but other than that this offense is finally one of the best in the league. I never thought I'd get to type that...go Bucs!!
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    Martin was in "Beast Mode" today, I was never a big Caddilac Fan well after he blew out his knee anyway but now we have a primetime back who will be a force for yrs to come mark it down if we can fix our defense we will be back in the superbowl
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    There is really nothing that can be said to properly describe what we saw today. I am still in awe. Congratulations to Doug Martin. Today is a great day in Bucs Nation. We've finally got our big play guy!
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    Guys, Biggers is not very good (did have an interception), but it is Lewis who sucks.
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    Wonderful game. Martin is awesome. I hate to be a downer but we have got to get a replacement for E.J. Biggers. He is awful. Every opposing quarterback relentlessly picks on him and he simply does not have NFL-level ball skills. If we can get him replaced, get our injured guys back, it is scary how good we have a chance to be next year. Very exciting to be a Bucs fan today.
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    Wow, what a win. Martin is now shoving his way into the rookie of the year conversation. Go Bucs!
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    WOW.. What a great game to watch. So glad we picked up Martin in the draft instead of Richardson.. We're just a couple of corners and a DT away from a championship team. GO BUCS!!! And please, get rid of Biggers already, HE SUCKS!!!
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