Patrick Mahomes against Justin Herbert, the Kansas City Chiefs against the Los Angeles Chargers, and a jam-packed SoFi Stadium. What more do you want?
Two of the game’s best quarterbacks meet with the Chargers one game behind the Chiefs for the AFC West lead. Kansas City responded after a tough start to the year and thrashed the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead in a bit of a payback.
But Herbert is a different animal, and the second-year star is eerily close to passing an NFL record held by Andrew Luck and can get it done in what is easily the biggest game of his life.
The Chargers and Chiefs face off in a massive Thursday night battle
First place will be on the line as the two AFC West heavyweights square off in primetime. The Chiefs started the year 3-4 but have found a bit of a groove, largely thanks to their superb defensive play.
The Chargers had struggles of their own but have responded with back-to-back victories against the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants as the offense continues to fire on all cylinders.
This game is the tale of two stories — Chiefs on defense, Chargers on offense. Yes, you read that right.
Mahomes and the Kansas City offense aren’t what they were last season, but they are coming off a massive 48-piece against the Raider. None of that matters, though.
Thursday night is a massive opportunity for both teams. A Kansas City victory could send them to the top of the wild AFC, and a Chargers victory would send them to the top of the division and complete the season sweep over the defending AFC Champions.
Justin Herbert is on the cusp of breaking yet another NFL record and can do so against the Chiefs
There is a very real chance that Herbert sets another NFL record on Thursday evening in LA. As it stands, he needs 314 yards to surpass the record for most passing yards in a player’s first two seasons in the NFL, which Luck holds.
Will he get it done against the Chiefs and add to his impressive resume? Herbert set several records in his rookie season and set another earlier this year after beating the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
The accolades aren’t even close to ending for the former Oregon Ducks star. After being drafted by the Chargers at No. 6 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, he has burst onto the scene and made the Miami Dolphins think twice about taking Tua Tagovailoa over him.
Will Herbert get the record against the Chiefs and maneuver the Chargers into first place in the division?
Either way, Herbert is on pace to shatter the record held by Luck.
Chargers-Chiefs is the biggest game of Justin Herbert’s life and he can make a huge statement
The magnitude of this game is enormous. After a 7-9 campaign in Herbert’s rookie year, first-year head coach Brandon Staley has worked wonders with the Chargers.
Suddenly, LA is right in the AFC playoff picture and is a serious threat — now and for the future. But, there is no question that this will be the biggest game of Herbert’s young life.
Herbert earned the Offensive MVP award after leading Oregon to a thrilling victory over Wisconsin in the 2020 Rose Bowl, but that is nothing compared to the NFL.
Mahomes and the back-to-back AFC Champions against the Chargers with so much on the line — the story writes itself. Herbert has dominated against the Chiefs in his young career and has excelled in primetime games.
Moreover, Herbert has tossed three scores in three of the last four games and thrown for 300 yards seven times this season. It is almost unreal what he has done, and he just earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Week once again.
A victory over Kansas City again will be massive for Herbert and LA as they continue to show why they are a threat in the AFC for years to come.
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