The LA Chargers head onto the road to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. Here’s how the two rosters stack up.
At this time last week, we were all hoping that Justin Herbert would have his first win of his career, and the LA Chargers would be sitting at two and one. Alas, that did not happen. The Chargers came out flat and had a ball security problem, and ultimately lost to the Carolina Panthers 21-16.
Anthony Lynn shouldered the blame, and rightfully so. That lack of energy to start the game was surprising. Granted, they were a hook and ladder away from having one of the most dramatic team wins in recent memory, but it was still a tough loss.
The good news is that Herbert has continued his stellar play. The bad news is that he’ll face his toughest challenge yet against the Tampa Bay defense this upcoming weekend.
That being said, let’s get started on the roster comparison:
Special Teams: Edge, LA Chargers
This is a close comparison. The difference for me comes down to the return men: Joe Reed for the Chargers and Jason Mickens for the Buccaneers. We rarely see kickoff returns anymore, but Reed has shown the type of explosiveness and vision that gives me confidence in his ability going forward.
The Chargers probably have the better placekicker, although it’s interesting that the coaching staff doesn’t really seem to fully trust him right now. Ryan Succop is the kicker for the Buccaneers and he’s been around for a long time, but he’s hardly a great kicker. The Punters are probably a wash between Ty Long and Bradley Pinion. For now, the edge goes to the Chargers.