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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Halftime: Winston, Martin lead Bucs to 28-14 lead over Eagles

Doug Martin rushed for 177 yards in the first half.

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Doug Martin rushed for 177 yards in the first half.



What an offensive explosion by the Bucs.  

Rookie Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes and running back Doug Martin rushed for 177 yards in the first half as the Bucs lead the Eagles 28-14 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bucs have 355 yards in the first half.

Here are some first half observations.

--Martin is having his biggest game since he rushed for 251 yards and four TDs on 25 carries against the Raiders as a rookie. His 83-yard run in the second quarter is the second-longest in the NFL this season.

Martin has been helped by the return of WR Vincent Jackson. The Eagles have not been able to crowd the line of scrimmage today, but Martin is breaking tackles and getting to the second level on most carries.

--Winston is having a big day passing the ball very well. His four TDs broke a club rookie record. Winston has been money on third down. The Bucs have converted 6 of 8 third down opportunities.

--The Bucs defense has been very opportunistic. They have forced two turnovers, including an INT by LB Lavonte David to end the first half. Unfortunately, Jacquies  Smith fumbled after making a fumble recovery.

--The Eagles up tempo offense has been a bit of a problem for the Bucs. Philadelphia’s two touchdown drives took just over a little more than four minutes combined. Tampa Bay has been very good on defense on third down, where the Eagles have converted only 2 of 7.

--The Bucs have gotten huge contributions from second-tier players such as Charles Sims and Adam Humphries. Sims made an incredible leaping 14-yard TD catch and Humphries has three receptions for 40 yards.






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