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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the start of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the start of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Prediction

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and LA Chargers’ defenses have both been great to start the year. Where the Bucs separate themselves from the Chargers is with their pass rush. Without Melvin Ingram last week, the Chargers’ pass rush just wasn’t the same.

With how many good pass rushers that the Bucs have and with the uncertainty of Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga’s status for this game, this could get ugly for the Chargers offensive line.

After having two impressive games to start his NFL career, Justin Herbert will be facing a ton of pressure and blitzes from the Buccaneers. He will be under duress for a majority of the game and will likely have to use his athleticism to get out of the pocket, extend the play and get the ball in the hands of his playmakers.

Like last week, we could see a lot of targets go to Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler in this game. When facing a pass rush like the Buccaneers’, the ball needs to come out of the quarterback’s hands quickly.

Last week, the Chargers gave up 22 pressures and will now be facing an even better pass rush, which could mean a big workload for Allen and Ekeler in this game.

With how good both defenses have been to start, this could be a low scoring game. The Bucs offense hasn’t been amazing to start the season, but they have many playmakers and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

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The LA Chargers offensive line has been horrible and if Bulaga and Turner cannot go this week, the Bucs should take this one.

Buccaneers 24, Chargers 20

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