Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Three reasons why the San Diego Chargers will defeat the Buccaneers on Sunday in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Not Good
The San Diego Chargers are 4-4, giving them a winning percentage of .500. Keep that in mind for a second.
- Buccaneers record against teams that are currently .500 or better: 1-1
- Buccaneers record against teams that are currently worse than .500: 3-3
That one winning team they beat? The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. Weird things happen in those Thursday night games, including the wrong team winning sometimes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can't Rush the Passer
The Bucs are ranked 26th in the league with 13 sacks in 8 games. That's an average of 1.6 sacks per game of the opposing Quarterback. Football Outsiders has their adjusted sack rate at 4.8%, good for 25th in the league.
- Chargers record when Philip Rivers is sacked 2+ times: 2-2
- Chargersrecord when Philip Rivers is sacked less than once or less: 2-2
Hey....WAIT A MINUTE. Are you serious? How the heck do you go .500 when your QB isn't getting sacked? Oh, right, he's throwing interceptions instead of getting sacked. Whatever. Rivers is better when there's no pressure on him and the Buccaneers bring less pressure than the Chargers!
The Tampa Bay Bucs have gone just 1-3 in games in which they are trailing at halftime. 1-3! The Saints are 2-1 when they're trailing at the half. The Broncos are 2-3. Neither is as bad as 1-3! There's not way the Bucs can come back and rip the hearts out of Chargers fans.
....just kidding. That's not the third one.
Doug Martin is Tired
Through the first four games, rookie Running Back Doug Martin averaged 19.75 touches per game. Through the last four games, he's averaged 22.25 touches per game. That's too much! He's going to be tired, for sure.
......that's not good enough either? Okay, let me see what else I can find.
Norv Turner's Chargers are 1-0 this season. Last year they went 0-4 in November, but we'll blame that on injuries because we can.
They went 3-0 in November in 2010, 5-0 in 2009, 1-3 in 2008 and 2-2 in 2007. That makes for a total November record of.....*typing into calculator*.......12-9. That's not bad! It's above .500. It's about time for the yearly Chargers winning/losing streak anyway.