All eyes were focused on Doug Martin, Sunday, as he had the chance to rack up some significant yards and further his chances of winning the rushing title this season. That did not happen. He only managed to rack up a meager 49 yards on 17 attempts, leaving him 64 yards behind the rushing leader, Adrian Peterson. Martin could not get anything going against the Bears solid run defense. Charles Sims, on the other hand, had a field day turning a 20-yard catch into a 50-yard touchdown.
“Doug Martin might have been the Tampa Bay running back in the spotlight entering Sunday’s matchup against the Bears, but it was backfield mate Charles Sims who made things happen for the home team. The second-year back ran four times for 45 yards, including a 29-yard dash, and added three catches for 72 yards, highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown reception that gave the Bucs a 14-13 lead early in the third quarter. It was the second game this season that Sims topped 100 yards from scrimmage, and he has 1,001 total yards for the year. He and Martin are the first pair of Bucs backs to each surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the same season since Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn in 1999.” – Reported by Ira Kaufman