The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return home this week after scoring back-to-back wins. They will look to make it three in a row when they welcome the LA Chargers, who want to snap a three-game skid. Will the Chargers upset Tom Brady and company on the road? Or will Tampa Bay add to the Bolts’ woes.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Regular Season Week 4 Game on October 4, 2020
Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: Sunday, October 4, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (+7.5)
Regular Season Record: 1-2
The Chargers are not ruling out Tyrod Taylor for Week 4, but for now, it appears that rookie Justin Herbert will get his third straight start when the team takes on the Buccaneers. Herbert surprised a bit in his first pro start, passing for 311 yards and a touchdown with an interception in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, but with the shock factor gone, he struggled in last Sunday’s 21-16 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Herbert threw for 330 yards and a touchdown but had two turnovers (interception, lost fumble). Whoever starts for the Chargers in Week 4, wide receiver Keenan Allen will certainly get plenty of looks after posting 132 receiving yards and a touchdown on 13 catches against Carolina. The Buccaneers will have a target on his back, but that could open things up for Austin Ekeler, Hunter Henry, and Mike Williams in the Chargers’ passing attack that’s top 10 in the league with 274.0 passing yards per game, which in a way is surprising considering that they are only 26th in the league in pass percentage.
The under is 3-0 in the Chargers’ last three games overall.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7.5)
Regular Season Record: 2-1
The Buccaneers’ offense, particularly its aerial attack, is starting to realize its full potential after Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski finally playing together in a game for the first time this season. Godwin had 64 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ 28-10 road win against the Denver Broncos in Week 3, while Evans had two touchdown receptions, while Gronk recorded 48 receiving yards on six catches. However, Tom Brady might not have Godwin on the field against the Chargers, as the wideout injured his hamstring in the Broncos game. In case Godwin gets sidelined, Brady can always turn to Evans and Scotty Miller to help him move the chains. Miller led the team with 83 receiving yards on just three catches against Denver. On defense, the Bucs will look to contain Herbert or Taylor with their pass rush that has recorded 11 sacks over the last two games.
The over is 8-2 in the Bucs’ last 10 home games.
The Bucs win, 27-17.
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