Buccaneers’ recent performances:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this game with a 2-1 record. After falling to the Saints in Week 1, they defeated the Panthers and Broncos in weeks two and three. The Bucs offense has been average to start the season as they rank 25th in the league in total yards per game and 14th in points per game.
When healthy, this offense has the potential to be a top-five offense, but they will be without Chris Godwin in this matchup which is big news for the Chargers secondary that has been riddled with injuries.
Their new quarterback, Tom Brady has yet to eclipse the 300 passing yard mark this season and has 6 touchdowns to go along with 3 interceptions. While they have a crowded backfield with Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy and Ke’Shawn Vaughn they did not have much success running the ball in two out of their three matchups so far.
However, Fournette did have an incredible performance against the Panthers in Week 2 where he ran for 103 yards on 12 carriers with two touchdowns. The Chargers defense has been very solid against the run, limiting Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Joe Mixon and Mike Davis to 153 total rushing yards.
The LA Chargers’ main focus will be Mike Evans in this meeting. Evans is a matchup nightmare for any defensive back and it shows with his four touchdowns in just three games. Without Godwin, Evans could be fed more targets and the Chargers should try to limit that as much as possible.
The Bucs defense recorded six sacks against the Broncos and intercepted two passes on their way to a 28-10 victory. Shaquil Barrett recorded two sacks in this game, which earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Barrett has been one of the best pass rushers over the past two seasons and could be in for a big game against a weak Chargers offensive line.