After a close OT loss to the Chiefs in Week 2, the LA Chargers look to head to 2-1 vs. the Carolina Panthers in Justin Herbert’s second start.
The craziness of the Chiefs’ game has started to subside as the LA Chargers begin to move on to their Week 3 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Due to Tyrod Taylor‘s punctured lung, Justin Herbert will once again get the start for the team.
While the Chargers look to get over .500, the Panthers won’t make that easy, as they too are desperate for a win. 0-3 through three weeks would not be enviable, even for a rebuilding team. Christian McCaffrey is a huge loss for them in this game though.
This could be one of the higher scoring games of the season as the Panthers have some explosive receivers. The Chargers started to find their own offensive groove last week.
1. Limiting Robby Anderson
Through two games, Robby Anderson has lit the field on fire. Against the Raiders and Buccaneers, Anderson racked up 15 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers have much better corners and safeties than those teams, but it’s still a tough test to slow down a receiver with the hot hand.
The Chargers haven’t always dealt with speedy receivers well either. Tyreek Hill went nuclear in the second half against the Chargers in Week 2. Casey Hayward and Chris Harris are more known for their abilities to cover pure route runners than speedy burners.
Anderson isn’t quite as fast as Hill, but he is a better route runner. There’s more of a challenge in that regard, which is why the answer isn’t quite as easy as sticking Michael Davis or a fast cornerback on him.
While Curtis Samuel has never emerged as a consistent receiver, he had 4.3 speed as well. DJ Moore is a step slower at 4.42, but he can outrun the best of them.
Blanketing the fast Panthers’ receiving corps should be the Chargers’ main concern defensively.