Winner: Mike Evans
For the second straight week, Mike Evans made a case for himself that he deserves to be paid what he's owed.
More than he did in the season opener, Evans was instrumental in helping the Bucs offense get going and find its rhythm. Last Sunday it was his touchdown catch at the end of the first half that helped spark Tampa Bay, but this week his presence was felt throughout the entire contest.
Early in the first half Evans caught a 70-yard bomb from Baker Mayfield that helped set up a Rachaad White touchdown a few plays later. It came at a time when the Bucs had made a few mistakes -- which included a blocked field goal -- and were in danger of sliding backward. Instead, the Evans catch rejuvenated the offense and kept things flowing.
Later in the game, Evans found the endzone himself. In double coverage, Evans brought in what ended up being a crucial touchdown that changed the course of the game.
Without that score, there's a chance the Bucs settle for a field goal and the entire context of the Bears fatal penultimate drive is different. If the score is only 16-10, Chicago's touchdown a few drives later puts the Bucs on their heels instead of forcing the Bears into a situation where they panic and give up a game-sealing pick-six.
That's the sort of stuff that doesn't show up in the box score, although Evans packed plenty of stats into his Week 2 performance He finished with 171 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, which is the latest in an ongoing argument for why the Bucs need to pay their best offensive weapon what he deserves.