Week 3 did not go the way the Chargers would have liked, but there were still a few positives to take out of it. Not only did Justin Herbert break 300 yards passing for the second time in as many tries, but the offense as a whole looked more comfortable with the rookie calling the shots.
Things will not get any easier in Week 4, however, with a cross country trip to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday morning. If the Chargers want to climb back into the win column, there are a few things that they’ll need to do.
3. Keep Mike Evans Locked Down
The Buccaneers have been largely boom or bust this season, in large part due to their lack of health on the offensive side. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have taken turns being banged up, and this week it appears that Godwin will be the receiver who misses time. That being said, Evans will likely be Brady’s go-to receiver for the majority of this game and it will be up to the Chargers secondary to perform better than they did against the Panthers in Week 3.
2. The Herbert-Allen Connection
Assuming that Herbert gets the start on Sunday, his connection with WR Keenan Allen could prove to be the deciding factor in this one. Justin Herbert has already taken a liking to his wideout, already connecting with him for 228 yards on 20 receptions over the last two games.
By far the most impressive throw from Justin Herbert in his debut. 3rd & 10 with pressure and he puts perfectly on Keenan Allen. pic.twitter.com/hFCgcUusUF
— Talkin' Football (@TalkinFootball_) September 21, 2020
With a stifling Bucs defense, Keenan Allen will need to have another great game if the Chargers want to escape this one with a win.
1. Win the Line Battle
As I mentioned above, the Bucs have had one of the league’s best defensive groups this season, largely in part to their pash rush. In last week’s matchup against the Broncos, Tampa Bay garnered 6 sacks and 10 QB hits in a dominating showing on the road. With a rookie QB that is still adjusting to this offense, it will be crucial for the Chargers to win the battle up front and buy Herbert as much time as possible to get the ball to his receivers.
- LA Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Sunday, October 4th @ 10:00 AM PT on CBS