Martin Leads Buccaneers Past Vikings


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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin gained 214 total yards as the Buccaneers (3-4) went on the road and beat the Minnesota Vikings (5-3) 36-17.

Martin scored two touchdowns, including one on a 64-yard screen pass.

“I went with my assignment,” Martin said of his 64-yard touchdown. “I peeled out and caught the ball. I saw two defenders in front of me and coach taught us to puncture. So I put my foot in the ground…got up field…and it was on from there.”

Tampa Bay never trailed in the game. Its defense turned over the Vikings three times.

“We definitely didn’t play good football in any phase,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said. “Credit to what Tampa did. We didn’t do a good job. I didn’t do a good job at getting our guys prepared for a game like this. We did not play well, it’s extremely obvious.”

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 123 yards in the loss.

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