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Doug Martin sets sights on Bucs rushing marks

Coming off a 235-yard game in the Bucs' win at Philadelphia, RB Doug Martin needs only 59 yards this week to reach 1,000 for the season, with James Wilder's 31-year-old team season record in play as well in the next six weeks.

Wilder rushed for 1,544 yards in 1984 — on 407 carries, third-most in NFL history — and Martin goes into this week on pace for 1,505 yards. Martin's outstanding rookie season in 2012 ranks second on the list with 1,454 yards.

To help his chances, three of the remaining six games are against teams in the NFL's bottom 10 in rushing defense — the Colts are 23rd, the Saints 29th and the Bears 28th. On the other hand, Martin still has to face the NFL's top two rushing defenses in the Falcons (1st) and Panthers (2nd).

When Martin passes 1,000 yards for the season, he'll become just the fourth player to do so twice with the Bucs, joining Wilder, Errict Rhett and Warrick Dunn. No player has three 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the Bucs.

Martin's average of 5.0 yards per carry would challenge the best ever in a Bucs 1,000-yard season — LeGarrette Blount actually has the mark with 5.010 yards per carry in 2010; Martin is currently at 5.005 yards per carry.

Bucs Doug Martin (22) runs in overtime during the Tampa Bay Bucs game against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome 11/1/2015. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times 


Bucs Doug Martin (22) runs in overtime during the Tampa Bay Bucs game against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome 11/1/2015. JIM DAMASKE | Times

Doug Martin sets sights on Bucs rushing marks 11/28/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2015 3:43pm]
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