The depleted backfield. The Bucs lost rookie running back Mike James to a fractured ankle early in the fourth quarter. Backups Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey did a nice job filling in, but can they do it for the rest of the season? The Bucs don’t have much choice besides Leonard and Rainey because Doug Martin and Jeff Demps already are on injured reserve.
The run defense. Tampa Bay’s run defense, which was ranked No. 1 in the league last season, was ordinary in the first eight games of this season. But that changed Monday night. The Bucs held the Dolphins to two yards of net rushing (a franchise record).
Schiano Watch. One win isn’t enough to take coach Greg Schiano off the hot seat, but it does provide some hope that he might keep his job for next season. If the Bucs can build off this game and win the majority of their games in the second half of the season, Schiano could have a chance of sticking around.
Revis is ready. The Bucs didn’t unveil the full Darrelle Revis in the early stages of the season because he wasn’t fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last year. But the Bucs have been taking the reins off Revis gradually in recent weeks and that trend continued. Revis helped limit Mike Wallace to four catches for 15 yards. Revis also recorded an interception.