The Tampa Bay Buccaneers four-game losing streak came to a merciful end on Sunday afternoon as the team steamrolled the Tennessee Titans, 20-6. For everything that had gone wrong over the last four weeks, the Bucs bounced back on just about every single level.
Last week the defense was shredded by C.J. Stroud and the Texans, and the offense has largely been stagnant since the bye week. All of that changed against the Titans, as the offense clicked and the defense was absolutely suffocating.
Derrick Henry was held to just 24 yards and Tennessee scored just a pair of field goals. It was a perfect bounce back win, one that now has the Bucs just a half-game out of first place after the Saints and Falcons both lost.
Everyone stepped their game up from last week, but a few stood out as heroes of the day.
4 heroes who soared in Buccaneers 20-6 win over Titans
It was a bit of a roller coaster ride for Mike Evans on Sunday, but things ended up exactly where you'd expect for a superstar like him. Evans battled through some brutal drops early in the game to score a touchdown late and end the day with six catches for 143 yards.
His drops were tough, including one that would have been one of the easiest touchdowns he's ever caught, but we're not here to talk about that. Most receivers would have let the frustration of those drops spoil their day, but not Evans. He was visibly upset on the sideline after he dropped a pass before halftime but the way he bounced back as a contributor in the second half is why he's so special.
When Evans has a good day, so do the Bucs.
His big day also brings him closer to a historic milestone. Evans is less than 400 yards away from surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the season, which would be the 10th straight season he's done that. There hasn't been a season of his career where Evans hasn't recorded over 1,000 yards and he's chasing Jerry Rice's record of 11 straight seasons of that sort of production.
Evans needs two more seasons -- including this one -- to catch Rice and can pass him in 2025. That's the sort of company that he's in, and he put his eliteness on display on Sunday in ways that will remind everyone who might have forgotten.