The Los Angeles Chargers fell to 1-3 with a shootout loss to the Buccaneers.
At 1-2, the Los Angeles Chargers hoped to get back to .500 against the Buccaneers. They honestly could have been 3-0 right now as they handled the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs two weeks ago but fell in overtime, and were a missed lateral away from knocking off the Panthers last week. It hasn’t been the start to the season that the Chargers hoped for and now they’re sitting with just one win four weeks into the season.
This is a unique season for the Chargers. For one, they have a new quarterback for the first time since 2006. Tyrod Taylor played just one game before getting injured and that paved the way for first-round rookie signal-caller Justin Herbert to take over for the team that took him No. 6 overall in this year’s draft.
In this game against the Bucs, it was all Chargers in the first half, as they got off to a 21-7 lead at the half. It looked like the Bolts might stun the new-look Buccaneers down in Tampa, but eventually it became a shootout and unfortunately for Los Angeles, they couldn’t outshoot the Bucs.
Despite looking like they belonged with the 2-1 Bucs for much of this game, the end of the first half saw the Chargers cave in. A late touchdown gave Tampa momentum heading into the locker room and the Bucs never looked back.
With the loss, the Chargers move to 1-3 and with the Chiefs in their division, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Anthony Lynn’s team to get in position to win the division. They might have to start eyeing one of the three Wild Card spots instead.
While a loss is never great, there were some bright spots in the Chargers’ loss to the Buccaneers.