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Bucs' Doug Martin, Rams' Todd Gurley post big gains

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs the ball on a first down in the first quarter of the game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, September 27, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times


Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs the ball on a first down in the first quarter of the game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, September 27, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT I Times

The Bucs-Rams matchup features two of the NFL's top four rushers in Tampa Bay's Doug Martin and St. Louis rookie Todd Gurley, but it also features the NFL's top two big-play running threats.

Martin leads the NFL with 13 carries of 20-plus yards, and Gurley is second with 11. The two teams rank 1-2 in running plays of 40-plus yards, with the Rams getting six and the Bucs getting five.

If there's a difference, it's that the Bucs have been among the league's best in not allowing big plays — they've yet to allow a run longer than 21 yards, when every other team in the NFL has given up at least one run of 32 yards or longer. The Bucs have allowed just three runs of 20 yards or longer — the Rams have allowed 12, with only the Saints and Chargers allowing more.

The Bucs are also among the league's best at not allowing long passing plays — they've allowed an NFL-low three pass plays to gain 40 yards or more. One came from the Titans in the first two minutes of the season, another a fairly harmless 59-yard throw with 1:22 left and a 14-point lead against the Jaguars, and the other was Willie Snead's 41-yard catch for the Saints on Sunday.

Bucs' Doug Martin, Rams' Todd Gurley post big gains 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:57pm]
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