The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in week five. Here is who earned our gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the Buccaneers’ win.
In defeating the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improve to 3-2 on the season and to 2-0 against NFC South opponents. The game was certainly a, shall we say, “newsworthy” event, as the Buccaneers came away with a win, but not without controversy.
Yes, the officiating was suspect all game, and the roughing the passer penalty called on Grady Jarrett for his sack of Tom Brady was all-time bad, and the Falcons have every right to feel that they got hosed. The call is getting all of the press, and perhaps rightfully so, but at the end of the day, the Falcons didn’t start scoring until the fourth quarter. Both things can be true.
With that said, it’s time for the good stuff. Before we get into our gold, silver, and bronze medalists for the game though, we first have to get to some honorable mentions, as of course is tradition.
Honorable Mentions: Tom Brady, Chris Godwin, Shaq Mason, and Tristan Wirfs
It may not have been Brady’s greatest game, but he did sling the rock 52 times, completing 35 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown. At age 45, that is absolutely remarkable. Chris Godwin is still working his way back from injury, and was still able to catch 6 balls for 61 yards, and even took some big hits, a lot of which were a bit low. Lastly, with as much flack as the offensive line has received, the right side was stout, with Shaq Mason, looking like he did when he was teammates with Brady in New England, and Tristan Wirfs looking like an All-Pro. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, time for the medal winners.
Buccaneers Bronze Medal Winner: Mike Evans
Once again, Mike Evans was, and is, awesome. He and Brady have that special something together, and it certainly helps that Evans’ catch radius is off-the-charts good. Evans caught four passes for 81 yards, and always seemed to turn up when the Bucs needed him most.
Evans also seemed to be robbed of a touchdown, which you probably had a hard time seeing since the Fox camera seemed to go into business for itself during the play. Evans was also able to do all of this while seemingly getting banged up, but still soldered on. It’s just one of the many examples of why he’s the best receiver this franchise has ever been fortunate enough to call its own.