TAMPA – The Buccaneers took down another NFL heavyweight on Sunday.
A week after beating the AFC leading Chiefs in Kansas City the Bucs handed the NFC-leading Seahawks a 14-5 loss at Raymond James Stadium.
A late interception by Bradley McDougald helped the Bucs seal the victory, their third straight and second in a row at RJS.
The Bucs were at their best on the defensive side of the ball where they had six sacks and kept Seattle from converting a third down.
The first quarterback belonged to the Bucs. More specifically, it belonged to Evans, who caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown to help stake Tampa Bay a 14-0 lead.
Evans first three receptions came while he was being covered by someone other than Sherman but his 23-yard touchdown catch came on a play in which he clearly got the better of the All Pro corner.
After an exchange of hand checks, Evans broke a step ahead of Sherman as he entered the end zone and hauled in a perfectly-thrown Winston pass to give the Bucs their two-TD lead.
Evans went on to finish the half with 84 receiving yards and 1,000 for the season. He thus became only the fourth NFL player ever to gain 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons joining A.J. Green, John Jefferson and Randy Moss.
This was not, however, the Mike Evans show. The defense showed up, too, and generated four sacks of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who had a net 1-yard passing at halftime.
The Seahawks stayed alive, though, mostly due to a Luke Stocker holding penalty that took place in the end zone, where the flag resulted in Seattle being credited with a safety.
The Seahawks then tacked on a field goal after regaining possession following the ensuing free kick, but the Bucs went into the locker room leading 14-5.