The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did more than shake off a nine-game losing streak at Minnesota on Thursday night.
They also put to rest questions about trading up into the first round last spring to draft 5-foot-9, 223-pound running back Doug Martin out of Boise State.
Martin broke out with a huge game in the Bucs' 36-19 victory against the Vikings, running for 135 yards and a touchdown and sprinting 64 yards with a screen pass for another touchdown. Martin was the largest of several impressive offensive factors in Tampa Bay's first victory on the road in more than a year.
''From the beginning we've been saying this guy's got some special abilities,'' head coach Greg Schiano said Friday. ''He just keeps getting better and better and I think things are slowing down for him like they do often-times for very talented rookies.''
Martin was having a decent rookie year through his first six games, but Thursday night's game vaulted him up to eighth place on the NFL rushing list with 543 yards...