The next Tampa Bay Buccaneers opponent is the Los Angeles Chargers for week four. The Buccaneers coming off of a nice win over the Denver Broncos. The Chargers lost last week after a failed comeback attempt versus the Carolina Panthers. Justin Herbert will be the starter for the Chargers for his third start in a row. Let’s look at some things to consider for this showdown.
First Justin Herbert was named the starter for the game because starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still out with a chest injury. Herbert is a rookie out of Oregon who was the first draft choice for LA. Herbert actually played well two weeks ago versus the Kansas City Chiefs. He almost defeated them but lost in Overtime. It’s only his third start but he’s thrown an interception and one touchdown both games with both losses.
All of the focus this week will be Keenan Allen versus Mike Evans. In the offseason, Allen and Evans had some smack talk going on on Twitter. Both are difference makers for both teams. Chris Godwin is out this week with a hamstring injury. I suppose it’s time to settle this debate. So far this season Allen is actually better and has way more receptions than Evans but Evans was injured. To really settle the debate though it’s fair to look at the overall picture. Looking at the overall picture, Evans has more starts, yards and touchdowns than Keenan Allen. Allen leads in the number of receptions. I’d say the debate is settled and Evans wins the debate.
The Chargers have some injury concerns. Top cornerback’s Derwin James and Chris Evans both out. Defensive end Melvin Engram is out and Chargers lost linebacker Drue Tranquil for the season in week one. However the Buccaneers will have to stop Joey Bosa. Pay attention to how the Bucs stop Bosa because I don’t think they’ll win if they let Bosa hit Brady all day. Bosa has had one sack in each game so far. Joey Bosa has had double digit sacks in every year except for one.
The Buccaneers win streak continues for week four. Bucs have done a good job stopping the run and I think the Bucs control Austin Eckler. I think the Buccaneers defense will force a turnover or two. Buccaneers win 27-17.
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