Found November 05, 2012 on
The Sports Headquarters:
TAMPA BAY (42) d OAKLAND (32)
The Headline: Doug Martin destroys the Raiders
Does anyone still doubt the theory that running back is the easiest position to come into the league and have an immediate impact? Taken 31st overall in April’s draft, Buccaneers rookie Doug Martin ploughed through the ‘vaunted’ Raiders defense for a total of 251 yards and 4 touchdowns (and also half my fantasy team’s points in the TSHQ NFL league so thank you for that) to guide Tampa to a win and a solid 4-4 record. Amazingly, the game was rather defensive for most of the first half with the Raiders holding a slender 10-7 lead at halftime. The second half saw all hell break loose as Martin began to run wild on the tiring Raiders defense. The Buccaneers scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter before the Raiders pulled a score back through Brandon Myers who had a career day. Tampa did nearly manage to blow their seemingly unassailable lead with Oakland bringing themselves back to within three points before Martin added his fourth touchdown of the day to seal the 10 point victory.
Key Stat: Oakland’s leading receivers: Marcel Reece and Brandon Myers with 8 catches each.
Carson Palmer threw 61 passes on the afternoon, completing 39 of them, a rather impressive ratio all things considered but the Raiders have to be concerned that his favourite targets on the afternoon were his fullback and tight end, with the next most catches being recorded by the running back Mike Goodson with 6 grabs. Now, until the coach’s film is released you can’t say definitively that Palmer was just taking what the defense was giving him but the fact he seems so willing to check down to the safe option has to be worrying since it has been an issue before (see week 1 against San Diego).
Key Play: Doug Martin 70 yard touchdown run
Your team has just given up a touchdown to cut your lead to 28-17 and get the home crowd back in the game. The best solution to that, score a touchdown on the offense’s first play on the responding drive. Martin took the ball, ran right and was gone, 70 yards and a score, the lead is back to 18 points and things are looking up once more.
Man of the Match: Doug Martin
25 carries, 251 yards, 4 touchdowns, 4 catches, 21 yards
This whole column has been a rather large Doug Martin blow-fest but when you have a performance like he did, you have to give the man credit for his efforts. We have already covered his performance running the ball and for that, good job. Here I will say well done for his 4 amazing catches for 21 yards. They were phenomenal and his team would probably not have won without him so for the 4 amazingly critical catches, Doug Martin is the man of the match (yes I am taking the piss by this point)!
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Rookie RB Doug Martin was expected to be a large part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this season under first-year head coach Greg Schiano. After a slow start, Martin is starting to hit his stride and on Sunday, turned in a record setting effort against the Oakland Raiders. The player affectionately known as the “Muscle Hampster”, muscled his way to 251 yards on the ground...
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin turned in a fantasy masterpiece Sunday against Oakland. On 25 carries, Martin rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns.Fantasy Spin:All four of his end zone visits occurred in the second half and three of them were from at least 45 yards out. Martin might be the favorite for NFL Rookie of the Year honors after this stunning performance.
The guy we featured as the Week Nine Fantasy Football Roundup cover boy? That's Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin. We featured him because he was coming off a few monster games (in fact, he had the most fantasy points for running backs over the previous three weeks), and expected him to have another big day today against the Oakland Raiders. And he certainly...
Doug Martin ran home.
And ran, and ran, and ran.
The Buccaneers rookie running back, a native of nearby Stockton, Calif., rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to a 42-32 victory at Oakland on Sunday.
Playing before more than 60 family and friends, Martin joined Denvers Mike Anderson as the only backs with at least 250 yards rushing and four TDs in a single...
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After a sluggish start that included a blocked Connor Barth field goal, the Buccaneers relied on a rookie to get them going. Running back Doug Martin would set team records in route to a 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Bucs would jump ahead of Oakland 7-3 in the second quarter after Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson in the end zone from 20 yards out.But with under two...
There is no other way to lead a recap of Sunday’s games than with a discussion of Doug Martin’s effort. I spent the week talking about how the loss of the best guard in football may have an impact on this line (lets give Tampa’s o-line some credit, too) and the run game. Martin and his teammates proved me wrong on game day. Oakland fought valiantly to stay in this game, but...