While no one is confusing the Buccaneers with the New England Patriots, their 5-5 record is surprising some around the NFL. And with the recent success on the field, players are earning national honors.
On Thursday the National Football League announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 11.
Facing the Philadelphia Eagles, Martin rushed 27 times for 235 yards (8.7 avg.). His 235 yards are the most in the NFL this season and the most since 2012, when Martin rushed for a career-high 251 yards (11/4/12 at OAK). His 235 rushing yards stand as the 20th-most in a single game in NFL history and join Martin with O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon as the only two players to have two games in the top 20 all-time.
Martin notched an 84-yard run – the longest in Buccaneers history – and a 58-yard run, becoming the first player since 2012 to notch rushes of 80+ yards and 50+ yards in the same game (Adrian Peterson, Week 15). He rushed for 177 yards in the first half, the most in the NFL since Jamal Lewis’ 180 on September 14, 2003. Martin helped lead a Buccaneers rushing attack that totaled 283 yards, the most in a game in franchise history. He is currently second in the NFL in rushing yards, with 941 on 188 carries (5.01 avg.). His 5.01 rushing average is the most by any running back with at least 150 carries.
This is Martin’s fifth career FedEx Ground Player of the Week award, after winning three in 2012 (Weeks 8, 9 & 11) and one in Week 5 of this season. His five wins are the most by any player in franchise history and he is the only Buccaneers player to ever earn the award multiple times in different seasons.
Martin wasn’t the only Buccaneers to win an award this week as the NFL also announced today that quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for Week 11.
Going against the Philadelphia Eagles, Winston completed 19-of-29 passes (65.5 pct) for 246 yards and five touchdowns, with a 131.6 passer rating. Winston became the first rookie since Ray Buivid in 1937 to throw five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a game. The five touchdown passes tied a record shared with Buivid and Matthew Stafford (2009). His five touchdown passes – to five different receivers – tied a franchise record.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
Winston joins Marcus Mariota as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half of a game. Winston is also one half of a duo (along with Doug Martin) that became the first teammates in NFL history to have one player throw for five touchdowns and another rush for more than 200 yards in a road game.
Winston’s 15 touchdown passes are tied for the most by a rookie quarterback through the first 11 weeks of the season since the merger, while his 2,305 passing yards are the third-most.
This is Winston’s first career FedEx Air Player of the Week award and the first for the Buccaneers since 2010 (Josh Freeman, Week 17). Winston is only the third quarterback in franchise history to earn the award (Freeman, Chris Simms).
– Part of this report is courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Department
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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