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“It’s fun, man,” said receiver Vincent Jackson, who scored Tampa’s first touchdown. “We have a lot of different weapons. The coaches do a great job of just giving teams different looks, spreading the ball around. … It’s fun to play in an offense like this that can be very explosive.
The Raiders, coming off two straight victories against one-win Jacksonville and Kansas City, had no answers for Martin and the Bucs, allowing the three long runs in the second half when Martin gained 220 of his yards.
“They were kind of backbreaking scores there late, long runs after long runs,” defensive end Dave Tollefson said. “We just have to get some stuff cleaned up. I don’t think they’ve burnt down the facility in Alameda yet. I’m not trying to make light of it. We’ve got another week, and the crazy thing is we’re still in this thing, in the division.”
Along with the loss, the Raiders had to deal with another injury to McFadden, who left in the second quarter because of his ankle. X-rays were negative but McFadden did not return and his status was unknown. He missed 19 games in his first four seasons with foot, toe, shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries.
But McFadden would have been no help trying to stop Martin, who broke James Wilder’s franchise record of 219 yards in 1983 despite the absence of All Pro guard Carl Nicks, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a left toe injury.
Martin helped break open what had been a close game with his huge second half. He gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 45-yard TD run on the first possession of the second quarter and then added the two other long runs as he continually faked out the Raiders’ front seven and outran their usually speedy secondary.
“He’s turned into a heck of a player here these last two weeks,” Bucs safety Ronde Barber said. “He’s really jumped onto the scene, just the way he’s handled the pressure that he’s had to be the main guy here in our offense these past couple of weeks. It’s impressive, man.”
The Raiders scored in the final two minutes of the first half for the eighth straight game this season to take a 10-7 lead at the break on a 25-yard TD pass from Palmer to rookie Rod Streater.
NOTES: Tampa Bay is averaging 477 yards and 36 points per game over the past four contests. … Oakland DE Lamarr Houston blocked a 35-yd field goal attempt by Connor Barth in the first quarter to set up an Oakland field goal. … The most yards rushing against the Raiders is 266 by Seattle’s Shaun Alexander in 2001.
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