What it means: I wouldn’t quite call this one the turning point for a young team with a new coaching staff, because turning points need to come against good teams, and the Chiefs don’t fit that bill. But this one was significant and a potential step toward that turning point. The Bucs played well on both sides of the ball and probably played their most complete game of the season. They also improved to 2-3, which places them in sole possession of second in the NFC South.
Best idea coming out of a bye week: The Bucs took the handcuffs off Josh Freeman, and the quarterback threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs let Freeman take some shots downfield, and he connected with Mike Williams, Tiquan Underwood and Vincent Jackson. Memo to the coaching staff: Remember this one and, going forward, let Freeman continue to do what he does best.
Time to stop the Doug Martin bashing: The knock on the rookie running back early this season was that he wasn’t producing big plays. Well, he changed that against the Chiefs. Martin had a 23-yard run as he finished with 76 rushing yards, and he also caught a pass that went for 42 yards.
Stellar day by the defense: There’s been a lot of talk about how improved Tampa Bay’s run defense is from last year. I wasn’t completely buying into that. But now I am. The Bucs limited Jamaal Charles to 40 yards on 12 carries.
Defying time: Defensive back Ronde Barber is 37, but the guy just keeps making big plays. Barber recorded his 45th career interception and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.
What’s next: The Bucs are home next Sunday with the New Orleans Saints.