Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay was a day of celebration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, as their team topped the Los Angeles Chargers in a 38-31 victory. The Buccaneers rode a rushing game that produced 115 yards and zero rushing touchdowns, to go along with a Tom Brady performance of 369 yards, five touchdowns.
Brady helped the Buccaneers in this victory by attempting 46 passes and completing 30 of them. This led to a final QB production of 369 yards, one interception and five touchdowns for the game.
The ground game for the Buccaneers saw Ke’Shawn Vaughn carrying the football 3 times, and Ronald Jones helping with rushing the ball 20 times. The two rushers produced four yards and 111 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Buccaneers had Brady throwing the football to Mike Evans and Scott Miller as his most productive targets. Evans caught seven passes for a net gain of 122 yards. The secondary target (Miller) caught five passes for a net contribution of 83 yards.
The Buccaneers’ defense contributed to the win with two sacks, one forced fumble, one tackle for loss, and scored zero defensive touchdowns.
Justin Herbert led the Chargers in a losing effort with 290 yards, completing 20 of 25 passes, one interception, and three touchdowns, for a QB rating of 137.90.
The rushing game for the Chargers was led by Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. For the game, Ekeler rushed for 12 yards from carrying the football two times. Meanwhile Jackson carried the ball 6 times for a total of nine yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Chargers included Keenan Allen and Jalen Guyton. Allen caught eight passes for a total of 62 yards, while Guyton contributed with 72 yards from one pass.
Although their team lost the game, the Chargers defense ended the game with no sacks, and three tackles for loss, to go along with no forced fumbles.
The Buccaneers walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 1-0. The Chargers on the other hand, dropped to 0-1 for the season.