An improved offense set several team records and milestones, and the team ranked #1 in rushing defense in the NFL.
A weak passing defense (32nd), however, and a five-game losing streak late in the season, saw the team ultimately fall from playoff contention.
A one-point loss against Atlanta, and a last-second loss versus Philadelphia were part of a five-game losing streak.
The team rebounded and finished on a high note, beating the #1 seed Falcons on the road in the final week of the regular season.
However, the Buccaneer offense sputtered, and failed to score on their next nine possessions.Martin finished with five games of 100 yards rushing, including a breakout game against Oakland in week 9 rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns.They also finished with the league's worst passing defense, allowing 4,758 yards (297 yard/game).Tampa Bay won on opening day, but lost three straight games to NFC East opponents in September.However, the team rebounded and won five of their next six games, primarily behind the breakout efforts of rookie running back Doug Martin.