In a shocking turn of events, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans have, apparently, discovered that waking up on the wrong side of the bed may not be such a bad idea.
In fact, the practice seems to be doing wonders for Buccaneers receiver Trey Palmer, as evidenced by the rookie’s blazing 56-yard touchdown during Monday’s 32–9 wild-card win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hours before his huge TD, Palmer posted on X (formerly Twitter) that he woke up feeling “pissed off.” As it turns out, however, the ex-LSU standout, believe or not, may have actually been tapping into his inner Bruce Banner and turning things up a notch when he’s angry.
The NFL shared a thread from X user @TheFFGator pointing out nearly identical Palmer posts ahead of Tampa’s Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 contests against the New Orleans Saints. Perhaps, not surprisingly, Palmer scored the second and third of his three regular-season TDs in those games, suggesting there may be more to his posts than meets the eye.
Whenever Trey Palmer wakes up feeling pissed off, he ends up scoring a TD.
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2024
With the Bucs needing all hands on deck in the divisional round, who would’ve thought a key to the offense’s game plan could factor in Palmer’s unorthodox yet evidently effective formula to success.