After Week 4, the Los Angeles Chargers and their fans should remain in high spirits for the weeks to come. Despite a 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that drops L.A. to 1-3 with the playoffs looking like a long shot, things are still promising for the weeks and years to come.
Herbert Keeps Ballin’
In the beginning of the year, I predicted that Tyrod Taylor would remain the starter all year and Justin Herbert would be given the Patrick Mahomes treatment for his rookie season. Boy, was I way off on that. Herbert, yet again, had a great game, recording 290 yards for three touchdowns, while completing 20 of his 25 pass attempts, giving him a QB rating of 137.9.
In case you aren’t familiar with QB rating, 158.3 is considered a perfect game, so I think it’s safe to say the rookie quarterback is playing some really good football. Herbert keeps finding ways to make people’s jaw drop, as he shows off his arm strength and his ability to extend plays outside of the pocket.
Defense Needs to Step Up
Yes, the Tampa Bay offense is difficult to stop. No, the Tampa Bay offense is not “unstoppable.” Giving up 38 points to a rookie quarterback leading your offense is going to result in an ‘L,’ nine times out of ten. Cornerback Michael Davis had an amazing 78-yard pick-six in the first quarter, which seemed to really charge up the L.A. defense — pun intended.
However, this was not the case for the rest of the game, as Tom Brady torched Los Angeles for 369 yards and five touchdowns. Not bad for an old man. The Chargers also gave up 111 rushing yards to Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones, giving up 5.5 yards per carry. They couldn’t seem to get the Bucs off the field on third down, which resulted in the Chargers’ demise.
The Chargers remain one of the NFL’s most injury-prone teams. With starters such as Derwin James, Mike Pouncey, Drue Tranquil, Chris Harris, and Melvin Ingram on IR, things just got worse with Austin Ekeler projected to be out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury. Not to mention other starters like Bryan Bulaga, Mike Williams, and Trai Turner, who are all questionable for their Week 5 match-up against the New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers cannot seem to catch a break.
Despite this being a loss on their record, Chargers fans and players have a bright future to look forward to. If you can keep it this close against one of the NFL’s elite teams, even with all the injuries, you shouldn’t be too upset. Justin Herbert will continue to improve as an up-and-coming star in this league, and the rest of the team will do the same.
I will have a more in-depth breakdown of this game coming soon, so make sure to stay tuned.
See you next time.
(Featured Image Credit: Mike Nowak / Los Angeles Chargers)