Posted November 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 TD runs of at least 45 yards in one game. "It's surrea...
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