The Tampa Bay Buccaneers blow out Minnesota 36-17 on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out Minnesota 36-17 on Thursday night to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season.
Martin took a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three touchdowns thrown by Josh Freeman, to give Tampa Bay a 27-10 lead 1:21 into the second half. Then Martin, the first-round draft pick from Boise State, capped a drive of more than 9 minutes with a 1-yard muscle into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to crush the comeback opportunity for Minnesota (5-3).
Adrian Peterson had a seasonlong 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings to 30-17, but his lost fumble in Minnesota territory in the second quarter led directly to a touchdown by the Buccaneers (3-4).
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• Michael Roos has started every game for the Titans since being drafted in the second round back in 2005, a streak now in peril of ending at 119 straight — even NFL players have to heal after emergency appendectomies. On Monday the left tackle had his appendix removed.
• Washington linebacker London Fletcher was being evaluated by a neurologist for a possible head injury Thursday, putting his 15-year consecutive-games streak in doubt. Coach Mike Shanahan said Fletcher was checked for about six hours by a doctor for a “balance issue.”
• Rest and rehab weren’t enough to get Greg Jennings back on the field. The Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 receiver will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. He would not put a timetable on his return but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending.
• Vikings tight end John Carlson missed Minnesota’s game against Tampa Bay because of concussion-like symptoms.
• The last few weeks, there’s been a sign outside the Chiefs’ locker room that read, “Eliminate Bad Football.” It was taken down this week and a new sign tacked up Thursday. This one reads, “Play Good Football.” Coach Romeo Crennel said the message was simple: It’s time to replace negative thinking. His team is 1-5.