The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally defeated the New Orleans Saints in a regular season game during the Tom Brady era. Here are the gold, silver, and bronze medalists for the Buccaneers in their week two victory.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have at long last slayed the dragon and defeated the New Orleans Saints in a regular season game for the first time since the GOAT arrived in Tampa Bay. Ok maybe “dragon” is admittedly a little strong. With this Buccaneers win, the troll under the bridge has finally been vanquished. That sounds better.
In any event, the win was a hard-fought one, and the Bucs definitely earned their right to eat the W. This defense remains a lethal one thus far, with the offense still looking to catch up. That’s perfectly fine though, as in 2020 a similar start was what we saw, even if it wasn’t quite to this extent. 2-0 is 2-0 though, and let’s take a look at who were the three biggest contributors to the win, with our gold silver, and bronze medalists at the Pewter Plank podium.
Honorable Mentions: Breshard Perriman, Leonard Fournette
For the two honorable mentions, they may not have exactly lit up the stat sheet, but that isn’t the entire story here. Numbers may never lie, but they never tell the full truth either.
Fournette only had 65 yards rushing, but he did carry the rock 24 times and is showing that he’s capable of handling a high volume workload. Perriman meanwhile only had three catches for 45 yards but also scored the only offensive touchdown in the game, and both of these efforts should be recognized. Now onto the medals.
Buccaneers Bronze Medal: Mike Evans
As is the case with the honorable mentions, Mike Evans’ stat line of three catches for 61 yards won’t set the world on fire, but there’s more to explore here. His catches came at big times, and in big chunks, averaging 20.3 yards per reception in the game.
He also got into a little donnybrook in defense of his quarterback if you didn’t hear. Call it old-fashioned, but this writer is admittedly a sucker for old-school “I hate you and you hate me” rivalries in football. It makes the games feel more alive, and Evans certainly has that blood feud with the Saints’ secondary, primarily with Marshon Lattimore.
Some may disagree, but Evans riding and dying (via ejection) for his team will earn him a spot on the podium each and every time.