Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Chargers Preview, Injury Updates, Predictions

Published 10/04/2020, 9:30 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) prepares to pass the ball in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to have found their ‘mojo’ heading into Week Four of their 2020 NFL campaign. The Florida-based outfit is on a two-game winning streak as they gear up to take on a hurting Los Angeles Chargers outfit in Week Four.

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Meanwhile, Anthony Lynn’s Chargers are on a 1-2 record in the NFL this year. They will be without starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor once again who is dealing with a rib injury caused before the Week Two clash against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie Justin Herbert is set to get the nod to start once again despite a disappointing outing against Carolina Panthers last weekend.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Four matchday predictions.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to build momentum after two consecutive wins

After a shaky start, Tom Brady is finally starting to enjoy his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under head coach Bruce Arians. The offensive-minded tactician has helped the Bucs go on a two-game winning streak in recent weeks. Brady has found form over the last two weeks and so have his offensive supporting cast. However, Arians will be without star wide receiver Chris Godwin (hamstring) for Sunday’s game at the Raymond James Stadium.

In addition to that, new running back secondary Leonard Fournette is also listed as ‘out’ on the injury report with an ankle injury. Despite these two exclusions, the Buccaneers have enough firepower on their roster to add to their win tally as they aim to make the playoffs this season. The likes of OJ Howard, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski will be key for the Bucs in Week Four.

Los Angeles Chargers will be without Tyrod Taylor for Sunday’s encounter

A major injury to Tyrod Taylor in Week Two means that rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is set to get the nod for Sunday’s clash in Florida. The youngster has done a commendable job in Taylor’s absence but is yet to win his first NFL game as a starter. The Oregon College graduate has thrown for 641 yards with two passing TDs against two interceptions in the last two weeks.

He will definitely need to step up his game while playing against a strong Buccaneers defense led by the dangerous Shaquil Barrett. Star wide receiver Keenan Allen will be a major weapon that Herbert will use to hurt the home team on Sunday. Coach Anthony Lynn will rely on defensive stars, Joey Bosa and Rayshawn Jenkins, to restrict the Tampa Bay offense led by the great TB12.

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NFL Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Chargers Injury Updates

Tampa Bay – Out

RB Leonard Fournette – Ankle

WR Chris Godwin – Hamstring

Questionable

WR Scotty Miller – Hip/Groin

Los Angeles – Out

T Bryan Bulaga – Back

QB Tyrod Taylor – Ribs/Chest

G Trai Turner  – Groin

WR Mike Williams  – Hamstring

Questionable

S Rayshawn Jenkins  – Groin

T Storm Norton  – Knee

G Tyree St. Louis  – Concussion

LB Nick Vigil – Groin

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Buccaneers vs Chargers Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 – 24 Los Angeles Chargers

Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the absence of Chris Godwin, we expect ‘Tampa Brady’ to lead his new team to their third-straight win of the season. They’ve built some momentum in the last couple of weeks and will hopefully thrive from that when they host the Chargers this Sunday.

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Coach Lynn will be dreading the thought of playing a strong offensive unit such as the Bucs without his starting quarterback. But he must work with the cards he’s been dealt with. He’s not one to go down without a fight, so expect this game to a highly-competitive affair.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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