NT Vince Wilfork: How the Patriots would handle a pretty good Tampa offensive front was key, and early on, the Bucs made some waves. But Wilfork's ability to control the middle, and deal with center Jeff Faine, allowed Jerod Mayo (8 tackles) to have probably his best performance of this young season.
G Logan Mankins: Four penalties from any player at any position -- Not what you're looking for, particularly with two second-quarter drives blunted by the infractions. Mankins' problems were most glaring in an effort from the o-line that was clearly subpar.
WR Randy Moss: His stats weren't bad -- five catches for 69 yards. But if you eliminate one 37-yarder, that makes four catches for 32 yards and brings a rough night into sharper focus. He seemed to have trouble getting his footing at times, had a bad drop, and looked like he nicked up his left arm on one hit.
S James Sanders: This has more to do with what he didn't do, which is play much, rather than what he did do. When the Patriots went into sub packages, starter Brandon McGowan moved underneath, lining up either as a nickel linebacker or slot corner, oftentimes depending on where Kellen Winslow was. And replacing McGowan deep, opposite Meriweather, was rookie Patrick Chung, rather than the man who the Patriots signed to a three-year, $9 million deal in the offseason.