Found November 10, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
Game time: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET TV: CBS With a rookie sensation at running back and a fourth-year quarterback who's finally coming into his own, the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting to look like a playoff team. The San Diego Chargers have the same record and are also just outside the playoff picture, but they haven't looked much like a contender lately. The surging Buccaneers try to win for the fourth time in five games Sunday when they host the underachieving Chargers. All but counted out after a 1-3 start, Tampa Bay (4-4) has turned things around the past four weeks behind the explosive play of Doug Martin and Josh Freeman to close within one-half game of a playoff spot. Martin rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns in last Sunday's 42-32 win at Oakland. The 2012 first-round pick out of Boise State finished 45 yards shy of tying Adrian Peterson's single game record, and became the first back since at least 1940 to score on three...
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