After losing a bunch of close games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally enjoyed a lopsided victory.
At Minnesota, no less, where the Vikings watched their home-field advantage come crumbling down during a romp by rookie Doug Martin.
Martin racked up 214 total yards - including a career-high 135 rushing - and two touchdowns, and the Buccaneers beat the Vikings 36-17 on Thursday night.
''We knew that the crowd was going to be loud,'' Martin said. We prepared for that.''
The Vikings, on the other hand, were caught off guard.
''I didn't do a good job of getting our guys prepared for this. We did not play well. That's extremely obvious,'' Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.
Martin took a screen pass 64 yards for a score for Tampa Bay (3-4), one of Josh Freeman's three touchdown passes, to stretch the lead to 27-10 just 1:21 into the second half. Then Martin, the first-round draft pick from Boise State, capped a drive of more than 9 minutes with a 1-yard muscle into the end zone midway...