The Buccaneers defense looked just as good this week as it did last Sunday, and while it faced offenses that looked really questionable in both play calling and execution, the defense still took care of business and did their thing.
As for the running game, Rachaad White had a quietly productive game where he was able to make an impact both in the running and passing game, as he punched in a TD and was involved with pretty much all facets of the offense.
The solid and dependable running game of course cleared the way for some excellent play action calls, something that was severely lacking in last season’s offense. Baker Mayfield had another productive day where he took care of the football and managed not to lose the game, but the more impressive story was Mike Evans.
The veteran wideout—who may be gone next year—had a huge game, with six catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Explosive plays came a fair amount easier for the Buccaneers, and no one had more than Evans, with a first half catch-and-run for 70 yards being the highlight of his fantastic day.
Tampa Bay just looks energized ahead of their next game, a Monday Night Football tilt at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whether it’s the infusion of youth with the high number of rookies on the roster, the new mobility that Mayfield brings to the quarterback position (sorry, Tom), or just a couple of weeks playing some very weak teams, the Bucs are 2-0. And I don’t think many of us (myself included) saw that coming.
Fire those cannons. It’s not a Bucs life, it’s Baker time.