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Doug Martin in the Hunt for NFL Rushing Title

Doug Martin is on Adrian Peterson’s heels as the two begin to pull away in the race for the NFL’s rushing title.

Two players are separating themselves from the pack in the race to this year's rushing crown. Doug Martin and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson are the only two running backs to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season, with both players being more than 200 yards ahead of Carolina's Johnathan Stewart, who's currently third in the league.

After 11 games, Martin is the league's second-leading rusher. He holds onto the spot that he held last week and is still chasing Peterson, who broke the 1,000-yard barrier last week. Martin currently has 1,034 rushing yards while Peterson sits at 1,164.

Martin is on pace for the best season of his career. At the rate he's going, he would finish the season with 1,509 yards, more than his 2012 season where he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. There is also a possibility that Martin could end the season averaging 100 yards per game; he's currently averaging 94 yards each time he's stepped on the field.

At one point during the Buccaneers' Week 12 matchup against the Colts, Martin had hit the 100-yard mark, reaching the milestone for the fifth time this season. But he was unable to re-gain the achievement after being stopped in the backfield for a loss.

As the season continues to progress, Martin continues to play his best football. He averaged 8.7 and 6.93 yards per carry in Weeks 11 and 12, respectively. Those two numbers rank No. 2 and No. 3 in Martin's career in a single game.

Photos from Buccaneers vs. Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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