Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get both LA teams at home this season and they'll face the Chargers on Week Four at 1 p.m. on CBS as they make their way through the entire AFC West.
The last time the Bucs played the Chargers, they still called San Diego home. That was back in 2016, when Tampa Bay took a trip out west and took down the Chargers, 28-21. It'll be the first time the Bucs will face the Chargers as the team from Los Angeles and the first time the Chargers will make the trip to Tampa Bay for the first time since 2012. The Bucs have won the past two matchups dating back to that point in time, but the Chargers own the all-time series 8-3, all of which have taken place in the regular season.
Los Angeles struggled last season as veteran quarterback Philip Rivers may have finally started to regress after 16 seasons in the league. He threw 20 interceptions, his most since 2016, and threw for 23 touchdowns. Yards-wise though, Rivers and the Chargers' offense actually saw an uptick in production, as he passed for 4,615 yards, his most since 2015. The other side of the ball, while struggling to generate any type of pass rush, was top-three in passing defense, allowing the third-fewest yards through the air behind only the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. The effort would be somewhat futile - Los Angeles has the cards stacked against them, sharing a division with the Super Bowl LIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs.