6 winners (and 2 losers) from Buccaneers dominant win over Saints

It was a blowout on the bayou, and a handful of Bucs players stepped up in a big way.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
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Winner: Trey Palmer

It was looking like Trey Palmer might end up on the loser's list early in the game, but he very quickly atoned for a costly penalty in the first half.

After the Bucs drafted Palmer in the sixth round back in April, they quickly found out they had landed a potential steal. Palmer wowed everyone with an impressive training camp and began to make the argument that he could be a legitimate WR3 for the team and solidly compliment Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

That's a big thing to ask a rookie to do, but Palmer wasted no time in making good on the promise he showed by scoring a go-ahead touchdown in Week 1's win over Minnesota. It wasn't until Sunday in New Orleans that he made another splash, but it was once again an important one.

Mike Evans was lost to a hamstring injury right before halftime, which not only took a key piece of the offense out of the equation but one that doubled as a deadly redzone threat. Antoine Winfield forced a fumble that gave the Bucs the ball back in the redzone with time left to score before halftime but Evans was on the sideline getting worked on.

That opened the door for Palmer to step up and fill the role Evans would in that situation, and he did a masterful job.

Mike Evans always gets dialed up in that situation, but thanks to Palmer the Bucs weren't forced to alter their approach without him on the field. Tampa Bay was able to capitalize on a huge turnover and go into halftime with a 14-3 lead, all because of a clutch play Palmer stepped up to make.

It's pretty hard to overstate how important -- and downright awesome -- that was to see.