Loser: Trey Palmer
It was a tough week for the Bucs electric rookie wide receiver. Palmer followed up a debut performance that saw him find the endzone against Minnesota with just one catch -- and it was the one he didn't make that proved costly.
After the Bears went up 7-3, the Bucs appeared to be putting together a solid drive that was headed toward the team retaking the lead. Baker Mayfield threw up a pass toward the endzone that was intended for Palmer, but the rookie was nowhere to be found. Thankfully there were no Bears receivers in the area to capitalize on the mistake, but this all happened on a 3rd and 6 which meant the Bucs were forced to settle for a field goal.
That field goal ended up being blocked, and all of the momentum seemingly shifted over the Chicago's side of the field.
It wasn't Palmer's fault that the field goal was blocked, but his blown route was the reason the kick needed to be attempted. Even if it hadn't been blocked, the Bucs would have still trailed Chicago despite how great the drive had gone up to that point.
Palmer's mistake was ultimately mitigated by what happened during the remainder of the game, but it's the type of play he can't afford to screw up. It says a lot that Baker dialed him up in that sort of a spot, but the fact that he blew the route is less than ideal. Chalk it up to a rookie mistake -- one that thankfully didn't end up costing the Bucs -- but it was the polar opposite of what we saw from him last Sunday.