Broncos attack, shut down Doug Martin
DENVER -- A week after being held to his lowest per-carry average of the season (2.4 yards) against the Falcons, Bucs rookie RB Doug Martin had another uninspiring performance today here at Mile High.
Martin rushed for 56 yards on 18 carries (3.1 yards per carry), well below the 95.5 yards per game he was averaging entering the game.
Like the Falcons, the Broncos made stopping Martin a top priority and succeeded in that endeavor. Because he’s been the talk of the league during the past month-plus after record-setting performances, Martin now is a focus of opposing defenses and they’re cooking up strategies to limit him.
“I think it was more scheme today,” Martin said. “I think they seemed to have a better scheme than us.”
That, plus Denver has an underrated defense that ranked ninth against the run entering the game. The Broncos defensive line, led by DE Von Miller, made life tough on Martin with its penetration.
Martin wasn’t the least bit surprised. Miller was one of his offseason training partners in California.
“They have great athletes,” Martin said. “I trained with Von Miller over the summer and he’s just a freak. You have to really give respect to that defense and how they played.”