As the final quarter of the season approaches, two of the Buccaneers' most talented players are playing their best football. In the Buccaneers' 14-5 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, Mike Evans and Lavonte David were not only the top-performing Buccaneers, they were among the best players in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF had David graded as the NFL's third-best overall player in Week 12, while Evans was No. 5.
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As far as the stats are concerned, David had his best game of the season. He recorded seven tackles, which were tied for the team-lead. He also forced and recovered a fumble.
"Tampa Bay's defense stepped up in a big way against the Seahawks this week and led the Bucs to an upset win," PFF's Sam Monson wrote. "And Lavonte David was a big part of that success. David notched a hit and a hurry on the blitz, but his biggest play of the day was forcing a fumble on Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham midway through the fourth quarter with the Seahawks driving inside Tampa Bay territory. David recovered the fumble himself and returned the ball 53 yards to completely flip field position and the outlook of the game."
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Evans caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he recorded his 10th touchdown reception of the season and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark."
"Evans beat four different Seahawks defenders for receptions, and caught eight of the 11 passes thrown his way for 104 yards and two touchdowns," Monson added. "One touchdown came on a pass against Richard Sherman, as the two were allowed to fight it out physically in the end zone, with Evans coming out on top on the play, beating Sherman for just his second touchdown allowed all season."
Evans has been a favorite of PFF all season. Entering Week 13, they have him graded as the best receiver in the league.
Pictures of Mike Evans during the Bucs' game against the Seahawks.