Doug Martin had a statistically unspectacular game against the Atlanta Falcons. They mostly bottled him up, though 62 rushing yards on 18 carries isn’t terrible. Martin did most of his damage as a receiver, though, with five catches for 34 yards.
And apparently, all of that came with eight broken tackles — a testament to Martin’s shiftiness, which is still intact, and perhaps some flaws in the team’s blocking.
So much for that silly narrative that Pro Football Focus hates the Bucs.
Martin wasn’t the only player who stood out today. Kwon Alexander had 17 total tackles (15 solo) and looked improved over last year, when he missed a few too many tackles and at times struggled in coverage.
Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy also played big roles in stopping the Falcons defense. David had eight total tackles (six solo) including three tackles for loss, while McCoy had a sack, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed, including a crucial one on Matt Ryan’s final pass, personally ending Atlanta’s hopes of winning this game.