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Doug Martin has been a consistent 75 yard back and a touchdown every other week since entering the NFL. Doug Martin rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Saints in Week 7. Martin also added three catches for 37 yards. It was a prime opportunity for Martin to bust out against one of the league’s worst defenses, and the rookie out of Boise State  did the same he has been doing, averaging 70 plus yards.  Martin’s touchdown score came from 36 yards out in the first quarter, where LG Carl Nicks parted the sea for him with a perfect block. Martin did the rest by shaking Malcolm Jenkins on his way to the end zone. LeGarrette Blount stole three goal-line carries and didn’t capitalize on any of them. Martin will have a tougher go of it on Thursday night against the Vikings, who just allowed LaRod Stephens-Howling to rumble for 104 yards.


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