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Buccaneers vs. Vikings 2012: Doug Martin's 214 total yards lead Tampa Bay past Minnesota, 36-17

Doug Martin's two touchdowns and more than 200 yards combined yards from scrimmage helps the Buccaneers get ahead early and keep the lead all night as Tampa Bay grabs its third victory of the season.

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Doug Martin's big night leads Bucs past Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman threw for three touchdowns and running back Doug Martin accounted for more than 200 total yards of offense as the Buccaneers topped the Minnesota Vikings on the road Thursday, 36-17.

After both teams struggled out of the gate to get any offense going, Tampa Bay struck first with a Freeman touchdown strike to Erik Lorig to give the Bucs a 10-0 lead they would never relent to the Vikings.

Martin first struck for a big chunk of yards that led to the Bucs' first score — the first of three Connor Barth field goals on the night — on a 41-yard rush early in the first quarter. Martin was just getting started on the night, as he would later take a screen pass from Freeman 64 yards to the endzone.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Martin's 1-yard touchdown rush all but put away the game for the night, putting the Buccaneers ahead by the final score, 36-17, after a failed two-point conversion.

Freeman ended the night with 262 yards and his three scores, while five different receivers accounted for 25 or more yards through the air. Receiver Mike Williams caught a well-placed touchdown in the second quarter to help Tampa Bay to a 20-10 lead at half.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was able to convert a touchdown pass to Percy Harvin in the second quarter, but it was running back Adrian Peterson who held the offensive keys to the Vikings attack on the night. Peterson rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown in the loss.


Martin's big night keeping Bucs ahead of Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin's scamper on a screen pass was the offensive highlight of the third quarter as the Bucs lead the Minnesota Vikings, 30-17, on Thursday night at Mall of America Field.

A screen pass to Martin went for 79 yards and a touchdown as the back now has more than 200 yards in total offense during the Bucs' offensive outburst thus far on Thursday night.


For a time, Martin had more total offense on his own than the entire Vikings team combined.

But Martin's score was just the start to an offense filled quarter, as the teams filled the stat sheet and the scoreboard. After Connor Barth kicked his third field goal on the night — a 38-yarder midway through the quarter — Vikings running back took the second snap of the Vikings next drive 64 yards to the endzone. Peterson has 123 yards on the night thus far.


Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has kept the Tampa Bay offense moving, throwing for three touchdowns and 191 yards through the first three quarters in Minnesota.

A fight between Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn broke out near the end of the quarter.



Freeman's 2 TD passes pacing Bucs to 20-10 lead

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings' offense has come alive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense in the second quarter. But the Bucs continue to lead the teams' Thursday night showdown, 20-10, at the half on the strength of a Mike Williams touchdown grab in the back of the endzone.


The Bucs had added to their 10-0 first-quarter margin with another field goal from kicker Connor Barth, who finished a 10-play, 32-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal in the early part of the quarter.

A touchdown strike from Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to receiver Percy Harvin to cap a five-play, 80-yard drive had put the Vikings on the scoreboard to shrink the Buccaneers' lead to 13-7, but Williams' three-yard reception put the Bucs up by double digits once again.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh cut the Bucs' advantage to 20-10 with a long, 51-yard field goal inside of the two-minute warning.

Doug Martin, who broke off a key 41-yard dash in the first quarter, has 106 yards rushing in the first half alone, helping the Bucs stay ahead of the Vikings on the road.


Bucs up 10-0 on Freeman TD pass after 1Q

With both offenses sputtering out of the gate, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first to break through on Thursday night, scoring the game's first points and first touchdown to lead their meeting with the Minnesota Vikings, 10-0, through the first quarter.

Defenses had dominated the first three drives of the game, with the Vikings and Buccaneers trading three-and-outs to open the game before Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin broke off a 41-yard rush up the middle for the game's first real offensive outburst.


The Buccaneers' drive stalled however, after Martin's rush, and the Bucs had to settle for a field goal; Connor Barth's 28-yard strike gave Tampa Bay an early 3-0 lead.

After Minnesota's offense stalled again, a connection between Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman and receiver Vincent Jackson seemed to wake Tampa Bay's offense up permanently. Just a few plays later, Freeman tossed a one-yard strike to Erik Lorig for the game's first touchdown and the advantage the Bucs will start the second quarter with.

The Vikings have yet to muster much offense, with quarterback Christian Ponder unable to complete any of his first five attempts, for just 1-of-6 for the quarter. Running back Adrian Peterson is also being held in check. Peterson has 39 yards on five carries through the first quarter.


Goode, Tandy among Bucs inactives against Vikings

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings have released their inactive lists before their Thursday night game in Minneapolis, MN.


Week 8 NFL odds: Buccaneers vs. Vikings

The Tampa Buccaneers are six-point underdogs versus the Vikings on Thursday.

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