4. Hunter Henry needs to beat Lavonte David
Hunter Henry has excelled in his first three games of the 2020 season. 16 receptions for 206 yards is great production. He’s really been the second-best receiver on the team other than Keenan Allen to this point.
In a game where the Chargers will be missing Mike Williams, Henry having a sizeable impact becomes more important. Jared Cook had a great game against the Bucs in Week 1, but no other tight end has experienced that same sort of success so far. Noah Fant was contained with five receptions for 46 yards last week.
Lavonte David is a game wrecker for the Bucs in all aspects. He just won NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September, and it’s almost hard to believe that’s the first time he has won the award. This year, David has racked up 19 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. Through three games, he also sits at a 90.6 coverage grade on PFF.
Henry hasn’t been challenged too much up to this point, but this might just be his toughest matchup over the course of the season. The fact that the Chargers are so thin at receiver in this game also makes me a little worried about the extra coverage Tampa might apply to Henry.
Ultimately, Henry has to play like he wants that new contract and beat tough Tampa linebackers this week.