It seemed like Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to run away with the game, but Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders had other plans. The Bucs won the game 42-32, but had to withstand a furious fourth quarter rally by the Raiders to do so. Martin rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns in the second half, three of those touchdown runs coming from 45, 67 and 70 yards away.
The Raiders, to their credit, did not just give in when Martin started ripping off huge runs. Palmer threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, two to Brandon Myers and one to Marcel Reece, keep them within shouting distance of the Bucs. However, for all the work Palmer did to keep his team in the game, he threw a poor interception to Ahmad Black with less than three minutes remaining. Martin ended the ensuing drive with a touchdown from one yard out, effectively icing the game for the Bucs.
Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams each had a touchdown catch for the Bucs, and Jackson led the team with 84 receiving yards. Marcel Reese led the Raiders with 95 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.
Fantasy studs and duds
Doug Martin and Carson Palmer both had huge days. Martin set a team record with 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. He also had 21 receiving yards. Palmer ended the day with a line of 39-61 for 414 yards and four touchdowns, but also had three interceptions.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden left the game with a leg injury and didn't return. He finished with 17 rushing yards, so he could probably be considered a fantasy dud.
Did they cover?
The Raiders were one-point favorites, so no, they did not cover the spread.
Oakland quickly reached the redzone on the ensuing drive, but stalled and couldn't capitalize with a touchdown. The Raiders had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski to move in front.
The Bucs will have the ball at the start of the second quarter. Tampa Bay was helped into Oakland territory on their previous drive by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson on a 65-yard pass to set up the Bucs at the start of the second quarter. Jackson was hit with a taunting penalty on the play.
Both teams are trying to reach .500 on the year and keep up in their conference playoff races.
The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will square off in the Week 9 game between two teams eager to stay in the win column. Both teams are relatively healthy for the game.
There was a question over whether Rolando McClain would be ready to go, with the Raiders linebacker experiencing issues with his toe this week. But he was on the field warming up before the game and will give it a go in Week 9. Also of note, third quarterback Terrelle Pryor is inactive again. The former dual-threat Ohio State star has not been active through the first half of the season.
The Buccaneers had no real injury or health concerns entering Sunday, listing only four players on the team's Friday injury report. All four were probable, however, so everyone on their inactive list was expected to be a healthy scratch. Rookies Keith Tandy and Najee Goode are among the Bucs inactives. Here's the complete list of Tampa Bay inactives: