Each week during the 2014 season, Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda will highlight ONE key component to each week's matchup, brought to you by FedEx One Rate. This week's "One To Watch" is the matchup between the Redskins young cornerbacks and Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, a first-round pick who has recorded back-to-back 100-plus-yard games.
Selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, wide receiver Mike Evans has provided their offense with a big-time playmaker opposite three-time Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson.
But, while he was consistent for the Buccaneers earlier, recording at least four catches in each of the team's first six games, Evans – standing at 6-foot-5 -- has really come on in the last two weeks.
Against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 2, Evans logged 11 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Both of his touchdowns were 24-yard receptions.
Last week against the Atlanta Falcons, Evans once again gave the opponent fits, recording nine receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.
His 585 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns are currently both team highs as the team prepares to play the Washington Redskins.
For the Redskins, they must find ways to continue to shut down the opponent's top receiving weapon as they have over the last few games.
Against Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright – all of whom are listed as their team's top wide receiver – the Redskins held them to a combined 10 receptions for 107 yards.
When tasked with stopping Bryant, cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson thrived, holding him to three receptions for 30 yards and not allowing him to record a possible game-saving catch on fourth down in overtime.
They'll need to continue this theme Sunday against the Buccaneers.