Bucs Dramatic Win Blindsides Peter KingOctober 26th, 2012
A road win on a Thursday night is a surprising feat in the NFL, based on simple facts. But the Bucs blew that theory out of the water by pistol-whipping the Vikings last night.
The most surprised of Americans may have been Marriott-sleeping, cricket-watching, smartphone-censoring, scone-loathing Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who made no secret he was stunned by the Bucs win.
About Last Night …
Well, who saw 37-16, Tampa, coming? Not me. But the one thing that is patently obvious about the way the Bucs play is the emphasis on the run. Greg Schiano is using Doug Martin the way he used Ray Rice at Rutgers. Using a 53 percent-47 percent run-pass ratio, the Bucs ran Martin 29 times and passed to him six times (completing three, including a 64-yard touchdown catch-and-run). Schiano is defying the rest of the league — I have a feeling that’s going to be a recurring theme — by running so much with Martin, but why wouldn’t he? If he’s going to have a quarterback completing 50-something percent of his throws, which Josh Freeman has in each of his last three games, why not move the chains the way your grandfather did?
King makes a salient point, and it’s not his shock at last night’s outcome.
Sooner or later the rookie wall is going to hit Doug Martin and hit him hard. How well he is able to manage that wall will be interesting; some rookies can, some cannot.
It’s one thing to play 12 games in college, quite another to play 20 (including preseason games) with men.
Joe wonders if Bucs coach Greg Schiano has a pitch-count on Martin?