Buccaneer 42 – Raiders 32: Game Recap

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a knee as the clock hit zero to close out a whirlwind game, 42-32. The Raiders went into halftime with a 10-7 lead before the game blew open as the Bucs added three third quarter touchdowns and another in the early fourth.

For the Buccaneers, QB Josh Freeman ended the game with 247 yards passing and two touchdowns on 18 completions. His leading receiver was Vincent Jackson whose 2 receptions, 84 yards and score all came in one drive in the second quarter. Mike Williams hauled in four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown of his own. Freeman connected with nine different targets throughout the game.

But the player of the game honors undoubtedly go to RB Doug Martin who broke Buccaneer record for yardage and rushing touchdowns. His 251 yards rushing is tied for 10th all-time in a single game. He added four receptions for 21 yards, bringing his all-purpose yards total to 271 yards, outpacing his incredible Week Eight showing where he also broke 200 yards overall.

Ahmad Black, Leonard Johnson and E.J. Biggers all pulled in interceptions while Da’Quan Bowers and Michael Bennett each registered a sack. LB LaVonte David tallied 16 total tackles, 14 solo. The Buccaneers added six takles for a loss to their already NFL-leading total.

For the Raiders, QB Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He connected on 39 of his 61 passes in the game. Marcel Reece was the Raiders’ leading receiver, catching eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. TE Brandon Myers caught eight passes of his own, two of them for scores. Six different Raider receivers had 50 yards receiving or more.

The Buccaneers continued stopping their opponents’ running game, holding the Raiders to just 22 yards on the ground. The Raiders’ leading runner, Darren McFadden left the game in the second quarter. Oakland only attempted eleven runs on the day, going to the air 61 times.

The Buccaneers will go back home with a 4-4 record and host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, November 11 at 1 PM for their Military Appreciation game.

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