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Saints vs. Bucs: Five brave predictions

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Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) gestures after a 28-21 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) gestures after a 28-21 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Adam Humphries (11) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Adam Humphries (11) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Mike Evans has a day.

Yeah, so this is a bit vague. But I said I’m starting easy.

The Saints have seen plenty of Mike Evans throughout his career. But he’s always been his own worst enemy on the field. He could never catch the ball consistently, and that all but nullified his elite physical tools.

Well, now he’s fixed the catching problem. And he’s tearing the league apart. From what I understand—which isn’t actually much—he’s the backbone, front bone, arms and legs of this Buccaneers offense.

He’ll no doubt have Delvin Breaux shadowing him all game long. And last season I would have thought that enough to contain the breakout receiver. But it’s hard to contain a guy like Mike Evans. Breaux is still playing very well, and I expect he’ll cover Evans better than most. But the aura I saw around Breaux has faltered in recent weeks. I see he’s just a man, and he’ll have his hands full on Sunday.

So Mike Evans, a day. The first of my bold predictions.

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