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Bucs vs. Chargers: By the numbers; what they're saying

Bucs vs. Chargers

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM (TV blackout)

Line/over-under: Bucs by 3, 47½

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17

Bucs 16, Panthers 10


Giants 41, Bucs 34


Cowboys 1 6, Bucs 10


Redskins 24, Bucs 22


Bucs 38, Chiefs 10


Saints 35, Bucs 28


Bucs 36, Vikings 17


Bucs 42, Raiders 32


1 p.m. today

1 p.m. Nov. 18, Ch. 13

1 p.m. Nov. 25, Ch. 13 *

4 p.m. Dec. 2, Ch. 13

1 p.m. Dec. 9, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Dec. 16, Ch. 13

1 p.m. Dec. 23, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Dec. 30, Ch. 13

Which of Doug Martin's feats impresses you most?

486 yards of offense in two games: 41 percent

Team-record 251 rushing yards against Oakland: 37 percent

Team-record four rushing TDs: 16 percent

First Buc with 130 or more rushing yards in consecutive games: 6 percent

Total: 686 votes

Inside the numbers

1-8 Record by the Bucs against the Chargers, including 0-5 at home.

123 Average rushing yards allowed by the Chargers over their past two games.

88.8 Receiving yards per game for the Bucs' Vincent Jackson, seventh in the league.

13 Interceptions by the Bucs this season, third in the league.

35.8 Percentage of third downs converted against the Bucs, ninth best in the league.

What they're saying

When the Bucs went a month between victories early this season, it appeared coach Greg Schiano's first season in Tampa Bay would be about taking baby steps. But that was then, this is now, and the Bucs have won three of their past four and look like a dangerous team entering the second half. This week, the Chargers visit. And I've got a hunch Vincent Jackson might be primed and poised to do some damage to his former team.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

If the Chargers pry the ball from Bucs running back Doug Martin, consider it a major feat. Heck, to hear Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, the referees may struggle to reclaim the ball from the protective rookie. "When he gets up, even handing the ball to the officials, it's always high and tight," he said. Be sure to watch Martin, the coach said, "if you ever want to see a guy who really takes care of the football every time he runs through the line of scrimmage."

Tom Krasovic U-T San Diego

The picks

Bucking history here. San Diego's 5-0 in Tampa since the Bucs were born in 1976. But the Bucs lead the league in scoring over the past four weeks. They've got the hottest back in Doug Martin, and Josh Freeman (11 TDs, one pick in the last four games) is coming alive. Boy, does that Vincent Jackson signing by GM Mark Dominik look good. Bucs, 30-26.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

Upset! I know Josh Freeman and Tampa have been hot, putting up 28-plus points in four consecutive games. And I know Bucs rookie RB Doug Martin went nuts against Oakland last week. But I like Diego's stout run D limiting Martin more than I like the Tee Bees' horrific secondary stopping Philip Rivers. Pick has a high bust potential, but I gotta listen to my gut when it grumbles.

Greg Cote Miami Herald