Buccaneers outlast Chargers, 38-31

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Neither team was at full strength by the end of the game.

But at the end of the day, that old guy in Tampa Bay still has it.

Tom Brady outdueled a quarterback nearly half his age, leading the Bucs to a 38-31 win over the Chargers.

Brady came back from an early pick-six to finish with 369 yards and five touchdowns, as the Bucs improved to 3-1

He did it with an odd lot of players, as he started the game without Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette, and lost O.J. Howard and LeSean McCoy over the course of the day.

Howard left late with an Achilles injury.

But Brady spread the ball among his targets, even finding Rob Gronkowski for a late contribution. He hit five different guys for touchdowns, and Mike Evans had 122 yards despite leaving the game briefly with an ankle injury.

That negated an otherwise strong day for Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.

He had a bombs-away day, while throwing to Keenan Allen and a bunch of unknowns. Herbert finished with 290 yards and three touchdowns (going to men named Tyron Johnson, Donald Parham, and Jalen Guyton). There was a late interception, and he’s still 0-3 as a starter, but he showed enough to make it worth considering riding with him rather than going back to Tyrod Taylor.

24 responses to “Buccaneers outlast Chargers, 38-31

  1. GOAT

    BUT BUT BUT it’s the system
    But but but he can’t win without IBill
    But but but he can’t throw deep.
    But but but he’s not playing in the AFC East now

    Did I miss any of the CRYBABY excuses?

  2. After spotting the Chargers with a 14 point swing pic-6 – another win for Brady on a team that otherwise was going nowhere. Further proof that the Pats success was primarily due to Brady (now 42), not BB….who pre-Brady as a head coach had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that. Even with supercam ….BB will have a sub-500 record moving forward. Cam however was an MVP and will carry the team to a few wins.

  3. Brady still sharp minus the pick6. Great play by the DB there. Herbert can play. Late INT was a typical rookie force. Can’t go back to Tyrod. Best ride with the kid and let him take his lumps and losses now.

  4. Agree with Flash. Brady had 4-5 deep throws today yet people will say he cannot throw it more than 10 yards. I am sure the ultimate Brady crybaby will say he padded his stats in predicable fashion.

  5. That was the best I’ve seen Brady since opening night against the Steelers last year. Without Godwin and Fournette too. Go Tommy Boy Go!

  6. They had a bit of a hiccup in the 2nd quarter, but things are looking good. Sucked they lost OJ but good thing with all the depth, Brate is about to breakout soon now. Things are looking good. If this was week 4 of Preaseason, then let the games begin next week, they should be in sync and like week 1. Bears about to get a beatdown on Thursday.

  7. That Herbert kid looks promising. Just imagine if BB gave Brady real weapons all those years. He can air that ball. Who knew???

  8. Justin Herbert looks really good for a rookie. Bright future for the young man. And that old guy on the other ain’t half bad either.

    Now week-4/preseason is over and next week the good teams will be clicking all cylinders!

  9. It was only last year that the Pats had a real problem at receiver position. Brady threw for an average on 4500 yards/season btwn 2011-2019. BB tried everything but things did not work out. The running game was also not great last year. But with a top defense the Pats were never involved in a shootout last year. They had to score 15 points against the Titans to advance to the Divisional round last year.

  10. flash1224 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    GOAT

    BUT BUT BUT it’s the system
    But but but he can’t win without IBill
    But but but he can’t throw deep.
    But but but he’s not playing in the AFC East now

    Did I miss any of the CRYBABY excuses?

    —————so you’re a bucs fan now?

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    Buccaneers have not beaten a good team yet.

    This is a Jets fan that pretends to be a Patriots fan and takes weak shots at Brady.

    It’s pretty pathetic

  12. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    flash1224 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    GOAT

    BUT BUT BUT it’s the system
    But but but he can’t win without IBill
    But but but he can’t throw deep.
    But but but he’s not playing in the AFC East now

    Did I miss any of the CRYBABY excuses?

    —————so you’re a bucs fan now?

    Nope I’ll always be a Patriots fan.
    But it’s okay to be a Patriots fan and still root for Brady.
    When you grow up you will understand how you can do both.

  13. 1. Losing OJ Howard stinks because Brady and he were just beginning to form chemistry.
    2. Ronald Jones has decent talent but still makes stupid mental errors.
    3. I already loved Mike Evans but my respect for him somehow grew 100%. He was is obvious pain all game and gutted through it and put up amazing numbers.
    4. The Bucs run defense isn’t as good as it was last year.
    5. Devin White was invisible today.
    6. If the Chargers don’t stick with Herbert after Tyrod Taylor heals up, they’re idiots.
    7. KeyShaun (sp?) Vaughn runs harder than Ronald Jones.

  14. Buccaneers have not beaten a good team yet.
    ——————

    Will the Jets even win a game this season? Have to love when a Jets fan tries to give shade on anything.

  15. Another pick6 and that putrid D. Not gonna work against.

    The Chargers are horrible.
    —————-

    Throwing 5 TDS will. Again your doom and gloom prediction only means the Bucs will be even better. Get it?

  16. flash1224 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:34 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    flash1224 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    GOAT

    BUT BUT BUT it’s the system
    But but but he can’t win without IBill
    But but but he can’t throw deep.
    But but but he’s not playing in the AFC East now

    Did I miss any of the CRYBABY excuses?

    —————so you’re a bucs fan now?

    Nope I’ll always be a Patriots fan.
    But it’s okay to be a Patriots fan and still root for Brady.
    When you grow up you will understand how you can do both.

    ——————

    Sorry pal I’m 48. Nice try though. A for effort.

  17. Anthony Lynn cost the Chargers that game yesterday. The decision not to down the ball before the half is a decision that leads to being fired.

    You have a rookie QB playing well with 24 unanswered points on the road.

    You’re going to receive the ball in the second half and potentially put the kill shot drive to start second half.

    You have the ball deep in your own territory with a minute left in the half.

    You are up 17 points.

    Instead of downing the ball and getting out of the half, you run a draw play, fumble, and let Bucs score in two plays. The Chargers had no chance of winning that game after that and they new it. Falls 100% on the coach.

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