Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Studs and duds vs. Seahawks in Week 9

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SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 3: Wide receiver Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by defensive back Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks between defensive backs Marquise Blair #27 and Jamar Taylor #24 during the second half of game at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 40-34 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

Stud: Mike Evans (12 catches, 180 yards, 1 TD)

Another Sunday, another 100-yard outing for the Bucs’ top receiver. On a day where Winston really didn’t have too much help outside of his top three receivers, Evans delivered in a big way once again in Seattle.

No matter who Seattle had on him, the six-year veteran out of Texas A&M continued to show why he is one of the league’s best targets. After going off for 11 catches and 190 yards last week, he posted an almost identical stat line in Week 9. Despite the outcome, the Winston to Evans connection continues to be stronger than ever.

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If the Bucs are going to snap their losing streak next week against the Cardinals at home, this relationship will have to be at this high level once again. Don’t bet against Winston and his top target.

Dud: Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles

Bowles had a great start to his time in Tampa Bay. Furthermore, the defense continues to play hard for him and is still stout against the run. Yet once again, the secondary was their undoing, and Bowles’ play calls did not do them any favors.

Even though Jamel Dean was put into a tough situation, Bowles continued to leave him and the rest of the young defensive backs on an island without any assistance. Dean should have had safety and/or linebacking help on almost every pass play. Period.

Although the blitz packages were nice, they didn’t hit home quick enough, as Wilson was sacked only three times. If you’re going to blitz, that number has got to be higher.

Lastly, the defense only forced one turnover. In order to stop Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury’s attack next week in Tampa, Bowles is gonna have to give his secondary a lot more help.