Mike Evans, Bucs licking their chops for rematch with Panthers

Mike Evans, Bucs licking their chops for rematch with Panthers

Source: ESPN | Jenna Laine 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get their do-over against the Carolina Panthers this weekend as they try to avenge a 42-28 loss this month and pull themselves out of a 4-7 hole. The Panthers are trying to stop a three-game losing streak that's dropped them to 6-5.

What can the Bucs take from their Week 9 loss to help them this go-around with Jameis Winston under center? What has allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks to have an edge on the Panthers, sending them on a downward spiral, and how can the Bucs capitalize?

In Week 9, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick managed just one completion to Mike Evans despite targeting him 10 times.

"I felt like even though they were a one-high [safety] team, Eric Reid was coming to me no matter what. And then [cornerback James] Bradberry was just underneath pressing me," said Evans, who saw one of Fitzpatrick's passes sail over his head and into Reid's hands.

As for Bradberry -- you could see his physicality with Evans at the line of scrimmage -- his hands were all over him. Even on plays when Evans was able to get off the line and beat him, Bradberry was still able to use his body length to disrupt passes.

"I've gotta be better, more physical, and I gotta be faster and stronger -- I think I will be this time," said Evans, who rebounded with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games the past two weeks, which included going up against Richard Sherman last week.

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