(TAMPA, Fla.) — Darrelle Revis’ interception with 1:35 left in the game sealed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first win of the season, as they defeated the Miami Dolphins 22-19 on Monday night.
Revis wasn’t the only Bucs’ defender to step up. Tampa Bay held the Dolphins to a franchise-low two yards rushing for the game.
“I think they really played well,” Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said of his team’s run defense. “The guy who has struggled the last couple of weeks, I thought (linebacker) Mason Foster stepped up and played really (well) – I’ll have to see the tape, but I just saw him flying around out there tonight. And Lavonte David, every week. Then the interior guys – it’s harder to see, but I bet you Gerald played very well, again. I thought our safeties supported the run well; Mark Barron seemed like a blur sometimes coming down hill. All those pieces fit together. When you can have an effort like that, two yards rushing, I think what that does, too, is the time of possession – I think we were like nine-minutes plus in time of possession. When you run the ball for a buck-forty and you hold them to two, that’s going to eat a lot of clock.”
As for the Dolphins (4-5), the loss comes in the team’s first game since the team started dealing with an alleged bullying scandal in their locker room.
The Dolphins fell behind 15-0 early in the second quarter but were able to claw back and eventually take a 19-15 lead late in the third quarter. But that lead didn’t last long as the Bucs scored on their next drive to take the lead for good.
Tampa Bay (1-8) will look to make it two straight next Sunday when it hosts Atlanta.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com