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LA Chargers: Five things to improve on in Week 4 vs. Tampa Bay

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers rolls out of the pocket away from Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers rolls out of the pocket away from Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

2. Much better effort from the offensive line

The offensive line was one of the best storylines for the Chargers in the first two weeks. Even with Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner missing some time here and there, they put up great efforts in their first two games.

Against Kansas City, it felt like Justin Herbert had all day to throw. The performances by Sam Tevi, Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, and the line as a whole were fantastic for Herbert’s first start.

That all changed on Sunday, as the Panthers recorded 21 pressures vs. the Chargers’ offensive line. Herbert only took two sacks technically speaking, but he was harassed on a lot of throws and took quite a few body shots, including one to his ribs. Bryan Bulaga left the game with an injury while Trai Turner never played due to prior injuries. Anthony Lynn said Turner was “not ready”.

Once Trey Pipkins was in the game, Brian Burns had a little too much fun with him. Ryan Groy was totally unfocused. For the third time in three weeks, the Chargers didn’t have a healthy offensive line.

Even with the banged-up O-Line in the first two weeks, the Chargers had better effort. This time though, Feeney, Lamp, and Tevi just couldn’t make up for the losses on the right side.

Any way you slice it, giving up 20+ pressures to a defensive line that had eight combined in the first two games was not just a sign of injuries, but also a lack of effort. The Tampa Bay defensive line scares me heading into Week 4 since they have a few of the best interior tackles in the league.

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