Tampa Bay's star pass-catcher nabbed a 13-yard touchdown strike from Jameis Winston to put the Bucs up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, setting up a powerful seven-catch, 93-yard day that saw him lead the team in targets -- and, for once, not face constant double teams.
"The last couple of seasons, the Bears double-teamed me crazy," Evans said, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. "I probably saw maybe one or two double-teams today. It was great. We had a lot of one-on-one opportunities. We have a lot of talent, so all we have to do beat the one-on-one matchups. I hope it's like this every week, but it's obviously not."
It's especially good news for Evans, who snagged that touchdown against one defender. In year's past, it could have -- would have -- been two or more to tangle with. It's a trend that could add up to a monster season for one of the NFC's most promising young receivers.
"I saw one-on-one coverage," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. "I figured that's where Jameis was going to go with the ball. That's something we work on a lot, and Mike and Jameis have put a lot of time in that red-zone fade ball. We don't get single coverage on Mike very often, so when we do, we're happy to see it."