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November 5, 2012 @ 2:26 am
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PR Analysis: Tampa Bay's Offensive Game Grades vs. Oakland

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Mark Cook


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The Buccaneers offense rolled up 525 yards on Sunday in their 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders. How did each offensive unit grade out? Find out in this weekly postgame feature on PewterReport.com.
Pewter Report's Mark Cook offers his analysis on how the Buccaneers
offense played and dishes out his game grades for the offensive units in
Tampa Bay's 42-32 win at Oakland.


Josh Freeman continued his growth and development with another solid outing in an extremely tough environment, winning another road game, the Buccaneers second in a row away from the friendly confines of home.

Freeman wasn’t perfect, losing a fumble on a sack, and also failing to get the ball into running back LeGarrette Blount’s breadbasket in the second half that resulted in a turnover, but overall the Bucs signal caller made several big plays through the course of Sunday’s 42-32 road victory.

In particular, Freeman’s touchdown passes were two of his better throws of the season. On the first, a 20-yarder to Vincent Jackson Freeman dropped it in over the cornerback in the back corner of the end zone where it was either going to be incomplete or a TD. On Freeman’s second TD No. 5 executed a beautiful play action fake that froze the secondary and made another throw just out of the reach of the defender and where only Mike Williams could get it.

For the game Freeman finished 18-of-30 for 247 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a QB rating of 108.6.

Doug Martin was the star of the game and maybe the entire day in the NFL, rushing for 251 yards on 25 carries and scoring four times. In the process of breaking James Wilder’s franchise record for most rushing yards in a game (219), Martin became the first running back in NFL history to have three touchdowns over 45 yards in one game.

Fullback Erik Lorig deserves part of the credit for Martin’s 251 yards as the former defensive lineman turned fullback had another impressive outing opening holes ing game.

LeGarrette Blount had five yards on two carries but lost a fumble in the second half that appeared to be on Freeman as opposed to Blount.

Tampa Bay’s receiving duo of Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson once again were impressive, and each were on the receiving end of Freeman TD passes.

Jackson was the offense of Tampa Bay’s first touchdown of the afternoon catching two passes for 84 yards with a long of 64.

Williams nabbed four Freeman tosses for 64 yards with a long of 37 and finished a second half touchdown drive with a four-yard TD catch.

Tiquan Underwood had one catch on the afternoon for 12 yards.

The Buccaneers offensive line turned in perhaps the grittiest performance in franchise history allowing just one sack, but more importantly helped pave the way for Martin’s record-breaking afternoon.

The most impressive part of the performance was the fact most felt there would be a huge drop off in production after losing Carl Nicks for the season with a foot injury earlier in the week. Those who wondered how the Bucs would respond – including Pewter Report – were shocked with how well the unit played.

And the Buccaneers accomplished the record-setting day with center Jeremy Zuttah moving to guard and backup Ted Larsen moving to center for the first time this season.

The Buccaneers obviously didn’t need to target the tight ends very often in Sunday’s 42-32 win, but when they did, the unit responded.

Veteran Dallas Clark had the only drop of the afternoon, and finished with two receptions for 22 yards and first-year Buccaneer Nate Byham added two more receptions for 15 yards. Even seldom thrown to Luke Stocker had a catch for two yards on Sunday.

The tight ends also were a big part of pass protection and in the running game, helping to seal the edges for Martin’s inside the tackle runs, and getting to the second level at times.

Last modified on Monday, 05 November 2012 11:37

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    The offense was awesome. I was an original season ticket holder and I have never seen an offense like this in Tampa. I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. The DB's need 2 things: 1) Game experience; 2) a pass rush.
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    I believe of what Tampa did in Oakland Yesterday was Unbelieveable,Except for thevictory over Oakland in the Superbowl in San Deigo Tampa has never won at Oakland. I think it for sure that the Coach that Tampa has now knows what he is doing. I hope the fans in Florida will sell out this sunday against San Deigo Chargers. Tampa regardless of the kind of Injuries They are comingThru. I hope They Bury Chargers and Martin Does 300 yds this week GO Bucs.
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    I got this from another site." After watching him run eight times for 31 yards in the first half, Schiano told Martin he was dropping his head as he ran through the hole, which was robbing him of the balance he needed to turn short runs into breakout gains. Martin made the necessary adjustment at the half, and the game quickly changed as he ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on his next three carries before breaking off the 67- and 70-yard TD runs. "I was getting to the line stumbling on a few runs and then coach told me, ‘Just keep your head up,' " Martin said. "After that, I did what he said and it helped me keep my balance and then, it was off to the races." Can't nobody say Schiano doesn't know his job!
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    Man he 'Taught Them How to Dougie'!!! Teach Me How To Dougie should be his theme song. If only he does that at home they should play that at Ray Jay every time he scores. Sorry to tell you macabee a rapper already has the name DMX. Dougie should teach V Jack how to stiff arm someone trying to tackle him because we sure could have used that against the Saints. The whole game I was yelling Ray Rice who??? All these comparisons to him and Dougie said it best.......How about Doug Martin? I still kinda like Muscle Hamster don't know why. If the league didn't know about him after the game against the Vikes.........NOW THEY KNOW!!! DOUG 'E FRESH' MARTIN!!!
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    I was leary about trusting Ted Larsen at Center after all his shoddy play at RG this year and in the preseason, but no more. Other than one stupid false start, he played well, and it enabled Zutah to really shine at LG where he started last year. And I also saw some very good pull blocking out of our RG too! I just can't say enough about how outstanding the blocking was yesterday. I have watched the Bucs from the very beginning too and there has never been an offense anywhere close to this. When Bowers really gets up to full speed and gets more experience under his belt and we get Clayborn back and maybe add an exceptional CB in the first round next year, we will have a tough playoff caliber team, who can play with anyone! This team is turning it all around like the Dungy team in its first year but the difference is Dungy did not have the explosive offense we have now, and just wait until we have our two All Pro Guards back healthy next year, too! At least we know we don't have to worry about depth for our offensive line now! Ha. And how about Ahmad Black! We'll be fine when Rhonde finally has to retire, hopefully years from now.
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    we are the Bucs...how about Doug "Booty" Martin
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    He does shake his booty well in the EndZone, much to Buccaneer Fan's delight!
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    Wow, Dynamite Doug Martin and E. Lorig are really working well together. Sad to see Blount's decline, but hopefully he can keep his chin up, and be a reserve role player and be a good team guy. It'll help him down the road when he looks for a new team next season, plus, despite low production with Martin taking over, I think Blount is still provides great depth at the position. The biggest worry going in, though, for me was O line play. I tried to watch it closely, and while there were a few lapses, I think the holes were good, and JFree had plenty of time, on most of his throws.
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    Also like the DMX tag. Huge chant at the game this week, DMX- DMX -DMX. I have also changed my mind, DMX IS THE MAN !!
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    I think Sullivan has done an excellent job with this talent and deserves a ton of credit. Also look at the Giants offense now... I bet they'd love to have him back running the show. He has focused the offense in on Freeman's talents and Freeman has flourished with his mentoring. Yes, I think Freeman has played great the last 4 games. Great! I am 100% behind him. And I've always been behind Martin and what he could bring to this team. This has been fun to watch!
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    The Bucs have already won as many games as all of last season. 4 & 4 is where I had thought we would be now...en route to an 8 - 8 season; and the Bucs are only a half game out of the 6th wild card spot at this time. Not sure many of us felt they would have such a prolific offense. Now, if the coaches can just get that defensive backfield to improve, this could be an interesting season. Go Bucs!
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    Amen, Horse !!!
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    The equivalent of what Martin did would be for Luck or RGIII to throw for 750 yards and 8 TDs...
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    If Martin continues his terrific play, he should be in the running for rookie of the year...in spite of all the publicity given to RG III and Luck.
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    PewterReportMC, no one can argue with these grades. Our offense is clicking so I hope we also give Sullivan credit here too besides Schiano.
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    Lets not give him too much credit or some other team will swipe him up for their head coach next off season!
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    Hey.. I have one. How about Doug Martin.
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    I like DMX macabe it's the best I've heard yet
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    Wow, as one of the biggest LGB supporters was I wrong! I am officially a Doug "dartin Martin" fan. MC - you were so right and I definitely respect your eye for talent even more than I did previously. Lorig was awesome and deserves some spotlight as a blocker as does byham. They really helped make up for oline losses. Once again, it's definitely an adjustment to count on the offense to win, but I'm believing this team can beat anyone right now.
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    I would give Doug Martin and the offensive line an A+++++ with a smiley face next to it.
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    @Macabee Like DMX, read it on another site as well. Was thinking Dynamart (i.e dynamite) or Dozer. Anything but Muscle Hamster.
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    Have been a Buc fan since I went to my first game as a grade schooler in '78. I have never seen a Bucs offense like this. Never. The '79 era offense was good. The '02 era offense was really efficient. This offense is explosive and has the ability to be truly exceptional.
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    My official entry into the Doug Martin nickname contest - DMX for the Doug Martin Xpress!
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