Minnesota Vikings suffer first home loss of season | NFL notebook
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).
Holmgren wants to coach again?
Outgoing Cleveland president Mike Holmgren, the former Seahawks coach, has not committed to staying with the Browns for the remainder of the season to help with a transition of front offices. The 64-year-old Holmgren also said he missed coaching and left open the possibility he will return to the sideline.
The Browns now officially belong to Jimmy Haslam. His $1.05 billion purchase of the NFL franchise from Randy Lerner closed Thursday.
• Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be making his fourth start this season Sunday, with Jake Locker still recovering from a shoulder injury.
• 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.