Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/9/14

In a game that many predicted would be dominated by Adrian Peterson and the Vikings, it was the opposing running back that stole the show. Bucs’ rookie running back Doug Martin put on an entire first half of highlights that helped the Bucs beat Minnesota convincingly.  The Bucs jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter after Josh Freeman hit fullback Erik Lorig from one yard out. That capped an eight play, 48-yard drive that put the Vikings in an early hole they would not climb out of. After adding a field goal in the second quarter, the Bucs defense did not have an answer to Percy Harvin. He would gain 32 yards on a bubble screen that would put the Vikings in Tampa Bay territory. Four plays later, after a roughing the passer call on defensive tackle Roy Miller, Christian Ponder would find Percy Harvin in the end zone to make it 13-7. The Bucs defense would then force an Adrian Peterson fumble on the Vikings’ next possession. Josh Freeman would later throw a fade to wide reciever Mike Williams from the three yard line to make it 20-7. But the star of the night was running back Doug Martin. He would rush for 103 yards in the first half and continued to have his way with Minnesota at the start of the third quarter. Martin turned a short pass from Freeman into a 64 yard catch and run for a touchdown and give the Bucs a 27-10 lead. Tempers flared in the quarter on the Bucs ensuing possession following and Adrian Peterson 64 yard touchdown run. Bucs’ left tackle Donald Penn and Vikings’ defensive end Jared Allen would throw punches at each other, leaving Allen with a cut on his nose which was a result of his helmet being ripped off. Both would get offsetting personal fouls and remain in the game. Tampa Bay would top off their productive evening with a 16 play, 87-yard drive that used up 9:09 off the game clock with a one yard touchdown run by Doug Martin, making the final score 36-17. Martin ended the night with 214 total yards (135 rushing) and two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing. Josh Freeman ended 19/36 for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also had a passer rating of 104.2. The Bucs next game is at Oakland against the Raiders November 4th. (US Presswire Image) The post Bucs hand Vikings first loss at home appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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