The rivalry between the two stars of the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers could see more fireworks when the two teams take the field on Sunday.
It seems that Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore have been at each other's throats since the dawn of time. Every time the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hit the field to play each other, especially in recent years, things have gotten, shall we say, chippy. The Buccaneers wide receiver and Saints cornerback are both elite at their positions, and the two will once again look to wage war.
Evans has been dominant so far in 2023, and looks to be well on his way to yet another 1,000-yard receiving season (he's yet to not have one). However, Lattimore has been able to keep Evans relatively in check throughout his career, or at least as well as any cornerback can.
Of course, this goes well beyond the competitive aspect of the game itself. There's another layer to this, that has to do with the human aspect, and it's boiled over to the tune of three physical altercations on the field already.
Perhaps the most notable occurred last year when Evans came to the aid of Tom Brady, which resulted in the two being ejected from the game. Of course this all started back in 2017 with none other than Jameis Winston, who is in line for playing time in the wake of Derek Carr's injury.
Winston was tapping Lattimore on the helmet to get him away from the Bucs' sideline, which Lattimore reciprocated with shove, Evans turned it up to eleven by charging at him, and here we are.
The players know what this game means, and the aggresiveness and passion should be at a fever pitch. You add in how Mike Evans has been playing so far, and the fact that Marshon Lattimore's New Orleans Saints share the same 2-1 record of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and this battle for first place should be an electric new chapter in this amazing player-player feud.