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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

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The Los Angeles Chargers were hoping to have Tom Brady on their side of the field this season.


Instead, they visit the future Hall of Famer in Florida on Sunday.


Brady, a six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, chose to stay on the East Coast and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason after spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.


The Chargers get their close up with Brady this week. He has led the Buccaneers (2-1) to two straight victories following a season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.


"We built this team on defense," Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. "Tom (Brady) was the icing on the cake."


Brady, 43, threw two interceptions in his debut Sept. 13, including one returned for a touchdown in the 34-23 loss to the Saints.


After the Buccaneers bounced back with a 31-17 win against the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sept. 20, Brady delivered his best game with Tampa Bay in the win against the Broncos.


Brady enters Sunday with a 9-2 all-time record against the Chargers, including a 3-0 mark in the postseason.


The Chargers (1-2) are expected to start 22-year-old rookie Justin Herbert at quarterback, marking the first time since at least 1950 that the starting quarterbacks in an NFL game had an age gap of at least 20 years.


After cutting ties with quarterback Philip Rivers following his 16th season with the Chargers and failing to land Brady, Los Angeles turned to last season's backup, Tyrod Taylor. Taylor started Week 1 and the Chargers won at Cincinnati, but Taylor sustained a rib injury. And prior to Week 2, he suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection by a team doctor just prior to the overtime loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Taylor was inactive for Week 2 and Week 3. His status is week to week, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.


Herbert has performed well in two starts, passing for more than 300 yards in each game while completing nearly 70 percent of his throws.


"We wouldn't have taken him at (No.) 6 if we didn't think he could lead this team and play in this league," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of Herbert. "I promise you that."


The main holes on the Chargers lie in their defensive unit, which will be without key players again Sunday.


Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out 4-6 weeks because of a right foot injury sustained midway through the third quarter of a 21-16 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.


Harris had missed just five games over the previous nine seasons in Denver.


Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram (knee) and defensive tackle Justin Jones (shoulder) landed on short-term injured reserve last week, keeping them out the next two games.


The Buccaneers are without one of the league's top wide receivers this week and possibly beyond.


Chris Godwin, who made his first Pro Bowl last season, left in the third quarter against the Broncos on Sunday because of mild hamstring strain.


Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski could see increased involvement in the passing game with Godwin out.


Gronkowski, a five-time Pro Bowler who came out of retirement to play for Tampa Bay this season, was targeted seven times against the Broncos after combining for four targets the first two weeks.


The Buccaneers shut out the Broncos in the second half after letting Carolina creep back into the game following halftime in Week 2.


"We've got to finish stronger than what we've been finishing, and I just think that starts with the players," Tampa Bay linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul said. "I'm pretty sure we're going to get it right."


--Field Level Media


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Los Angeles Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Position Lineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Starter
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Desmond King II primary: Defensive Back Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Starter
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Ryan Groy primary: Right Guard Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyron Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tyree St. Louis primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Substitution
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jessie Lemonier primary: Defensive End Substitution
Gabe Nabers primary: Runningback Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Malik Jefferson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Not active
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Trai Turner primary: Guard Not active
Cole Toner primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Bryan Bulaga primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jahleel Addae primary: Defensive Back Not active
Player Position Lineup
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ronald Jones II primary: Runningback Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vita Vea primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Jack Cichy primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
O.J. Howard primary: Tight End Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Quinton Bell primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Parnell Motley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Substitution
Jaydon Mickens primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Not active
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Not active
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Not active
A.Q. Shipley primary: Center Did not play

Los Angeles Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 78 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Michael Davis
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 53 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
    • Pass Receiver: Tyron Johnson
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Cameron Brate
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 53 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Donald Parham Jr.
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Scotty Miller
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 72 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jalen Guyton
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: O.J. Howard
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 26 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Ke'Shawn Vaughn
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Kansas City W 9 - 31
  • @Green Bay W 31 - 26
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Chargers @ Buccaneers 31-38
  • Buccaneers @ Chargers 28-21
  • Chargers @ Buccaneers 24-34
  • Chargers @ Buccaneers 41-24

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries