3. Fewer penalties, more discipline
The LA Chargers committed six penalties in each of their first two games. In terms of penalty yardage, 37.5 yards were given up on average in those contests. This time, the Chargers committed eight penalties worth 60 yards.
Most of the flags felt like frustration from the Bolts. Bosa got rattled and jumped a few times, while Jerry Tillery was hit with an illegal formation. Feeney and Ryan Groy both got illegal use of the hands penalties while struggling to contain the Panthers’ defensive front. None of the penalties really sunk the Chargers, but the penalty yardage added up over time.
The Buccaneers have weirdly been even less disciplined. In the first three weeks, they’ve committed 23 penalties combined.
If the Chargers want to take advantage of some of Tampa’s undisciplined moments, they have to be more disciplined themselves. Bosa can’t jump offsides or invade the neutral zone. A Tom Brady team will slowly ruin an opponent who commits more penalties. It’s death by 1000 cuts.
My main concern with penalties in Week 4 is the offensive line. If the team is missing Bulaga and Turner again, I fear that there will be holding penalties and other types of offensive line mistakes galore.