Pictures of Mike Evans during the Bucs' game against the Falcons.
If there was a bright spot in Tampa Bay's Week 9 loss to the Falcons, it was the performance of wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans caught a career-high 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night, bringing his total to eight touchdown catches on the year. Although the rest of the league still has to play their Week 9 games, Evans currently leads all NFL wide receivers in touchdown receptions. With six touchdown catches, Oakland's Michael Crabtree and Green Bay's Jordy Nelson are tied for second.
Evans has 55 receptions on the year, the third-most among NFL receivers, and has 745 yards, the fourth-most in the league. At the pace he's on, he will finish the season setting Buccaneer single-season records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Evans already owns the Bucs' single-season touchdown record after catching 12 during his rookie season.
Among Evans' highlights from Thursday night was an impressive, one-handed catch on the sideline – a play that NFL Media's Dan Hanzus referred to as the "play of the year" so far. That highlight can be seen below.
The Buccaneers have the weekend off and will return to Raymond James Stadium on November 13th when they host the Bears.