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Jacksonville Pregame Report: A Running Start

Two seasons ago, in Dirk Koetter's first year guiding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense, the team finished fifth in the NFL in rushing with 135.1 yards per game.

Doug Martin, the league's second-leading rusher that year, powered that train, but aside from his own promising offseason work, there was little indication that Tampa Bay would have one of the game's best ground attacks.

"Teams have a tendency to put eight guys in the box, so the run game is your O-Line, your tight ends, your lead blocker, your wide receivers on the perimeter, the quarterback getting you in the right play.

Now Tampa Bay will face the team that featured the best ground game in Week One; Jacksonville rang up 207 rushing yards in a win over New England, including a 79-yard touchdown run by rookie Keelan Cole.

While the team did suffer a few new injuries in Cincinnati – quarterback Ryan Griffin, linebacker Devante Bond and running back Russell Hansbrough, all of whom will sit out the Jacksonville game – it has seen the returns of offensive linemen Ali Marpet and Evan Smith and defensive end George Johnson.


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