After a standout performance against the Eagles in Week 11, Doug Martin is moving up the NFL's rushing list. Martin, who picked up 235 yards in Tampa Bay's victory over Philadelphia, has 941 yards this season, second only to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who has 1,006.
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Through 10 games, Martin averages five yards per rush, the third-most of NFL running backs with 100 or more carries. He leads the NFL in rushes of 20 yards or more with 10 and is third in the league in rushes of 40 yards or more with three.
Martin became just the third back in NFL history to rush for 230 yards or more in two different games, joining Hall-of-Famer O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon. He, along with Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey, accounted for 283 rushing yards, the most in a single game in Buccaneer history.
"Everything was clicking," Martin said after Tampa Bay's victory on Sunday. "We emphasize that this would be a great game for us to get back on track since our past few games we have not been too great in the running game. The tight ends did an awesome job blocking, the offensive line did a great job blocking and the receivers did a good job blocking and it panned out."
If he continues the pace he's on, Martin will finish the season with 1,505 yards, which would be more than his stellar rookie season in 2012. That season, Martin earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
"Doug is one of the best running backs in the league," wide receiver Mike Evans said after Sunday's game. "The receivers work our hardest to help him with our blocks because we know at any given moment he can have a big run."