Martin Looking To Ditch Anchor And Find Paydirt
By Christopher Scali
Since the season began, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been struggling with their passing game, committing large penalties, turnovers and quarterback problems. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, the one sure thing from last year - RB Doug Martin - has had his share of struggles this year as well. Right now, Martin has 100 carries for just 342 yards and only one touchdown. Martin must have a stellar game against the Philadelphia Eagles to get himself and his team back to winning football. I really hope the Eagles put more pressure on the passing game rather than the run in this game. That would allow Martin to find holes in the Eagles defensive front and race to the "X" on his treasure map. If Tampa Bay’s offensive line performs well enough, Martin could finish the game with at least two touchdowns.
With the Buccaneers air attack keeping afloat with only 174 yards per game and just three passing touchdowns, the Bucs may put some pressure on Martin to move the football in order to get some nice chucks of yardage. That would open up the play action for rookie QB Mike Glennon. This Sunday is going to be the Martin and Glennon show, as the two will be the powder chest of the Buccaneers offense. The pressure is on the Eagles to stop Martin and I am hoping that Bucs head coach Greg Schiano has some trickery up his sleeves to keep the Philly defense off balance.
Which team's running back will have a better game? LeSean McCoy has 98 carries for 514 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles this season, 174 more yards than Martin. Heading into this game, I am predicting that Martin will score two touchdowns when all is said and done because the Bucs are fresh off the bye week and Martin is due for a good performance. He is going weave through the Eagles defense full steam ahead. As for McCoy, I strongly feel the Buccaneers ninth-ranked run defense will hold him to 80 yards with just one touchdown.
Right now, every Buccaneers fan is praying for another explosive year from Martin. During his rookie campaign, Martin ran for 1,454 yards and had 11 touchdowns. Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt that he started off a little slow due in part to injuries to the offensive line. Either way, fans are hoping that he does not suffer a sophomore slump. Martin has what it takes to be an elite running back in the NFL and he has to pick it up to help keep the Bucs afloat.
The cannons are aimed for a direct hit to the Eagles boat and are ready to fire!