LA Chargers: The good, bad and ugly in loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The LA Chargers dropped another disappointing game, this time to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The LA Chargers have now lost three games in a row — all in disappointing fashion. They controlled the game against Kansas City and could not finish the job, beat themselves against an inferior Carolina Panthers team and blew a 24-7 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Chargers lost 38-31 after jumping out to that 24-7 lead. The team is one missed offensive pass interference call on A.J. Green from being 0-4 this season. They have been banged up and riddled with injuries. It has been an ugly first quarter of the season.

Let’s get into the good, bad and ugly from this loss.

The good:

Justin Herbert:

Justin Herbert was really good for 99 percent of this game (we will get to the 1% a bit later). He connected on two deep bombs to Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton and even connected with Donald Parham on a beautiful touchdown pass.

He completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He constantly evaded pressure and made fantastic throws when the offensive line was not giving him much help. Charger fans have to be happy with what they saw in this game.

Michael Davis’s pick-six:

I will not commit to saying that Michael Davis had a fantastic all-around game in this one, but he did have arguably the biggest play of the first half by intercepting Tom Brady for a touchdown.

That pick-six was at least a 10-point (maybe even 14) swing and was a huge reason why the Bolts were able to have a 24-7 lead to begin with. The Chargers’ two other turnovers this season were both kind of flukey, this was a case of a defensive player making a really good play on a Hall of Fame quarterback.