The Los Angeles Chargers continued their impressive start to the season on Monday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders with a 28-14 victory to sit atop the AFC West. SoFi Stadium was a healthy mixture of black, silver, blue, and gold, but the Chargers fans were victorious at the end.
Once again, Justin Herbert put the league on notice with another impressive performance. He threw for three touchdowns on the evening– all of them in the first half. The final score was much closer than the game seemed to be, as Brandon Staley’s team held a 21-0 lead at the half and frustrated the Raiders for the first two quarters.
Herbert made history again and set a record that no quarterback in NFL history has ever done in the Super Bowl era. Yes, not even Tom Brady.
Justin Herbert is the truth
In case this wasn’t already a fact, Herbert is an outstanding talent and contributed to beat the Kansas City Chiefs and the previously undefeated Raiders in back-to-back weeks. Moreover, Herbert’s three touchdown heaves in the first half against the Raiders marked the first time a QB accomplished the feat since Week 5 of the 2020 season.
The last one was Herbert himself in 2020 against the New Orleans Saints in just his third career NFL start. Yes, Herbert is that guy and has gotten off to a hot start once again and continues to do unbelievable things on a weekly basis.
Against the Raiders, he went 25-for-38 with 222 yards and three scores with no turnovers as the Chargers handled Jon Gruden’s team to run into first place in the AFC West and a 3-1 start to the season.
He has done it again and the Chargers are showing everybody why they need to be taken seriously.
Sophomore slump no more and some history for the Bolts star
Remember when everybody coined the term “sophomore slump”?
Herbert is definitely not experience that, not yet at least. After a bizarre injury to Tyrod Taylor forced Herbert’s way into the starting lineup during his rookie season, he played so well that they had no choice but to keep him in there.
He finished his rookie year with 4336 yards and 31 touchdowns despite a rash of injuries to the offensive line and poor play-calling by Anthony Lynn and Shane Steichen.
Now, Herbert has set the record for the fastest to 500 completions after a brilliant performance against the Raiders. The Chargers have leaned heavily on the youngster and the 2020 first round selection, and it is paying off big time.
The inserting of Joe Lombardi as the team’s offensive coordinator has changed the offense in a good way and given Herbert more freedom. Mike Williams has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence despite his quiet Monday night outing. Keenan Allen is still a star, and tight end Jared Cook has been a huge signing after watching Hunter Henry leave and sign with the New England Patriots.
Thus far in his second season, Herbert has 1178 yards with nine touchdown passes and three interceptions and has dazzled with multiple impressive performances against talented teams.
At this rate, MVP isn’t too far out
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals has jumped out in front of the NFL MVP running as his team is off to a hot 4-0 start. But, Herbert isn’t too far behind, and if he can keep playing like this he could force his way into the conversation.
Herbert is top 10 in pass yards, tied for third in touchdowns, and has thrown just three interceptions on the seasons with two coming against the Dallas Cowboys in their Week 2 loss.
To this point Murray is the front-runner, or so it seems, but if Herbert can keep putting up performances like he has then he should be able to make up some ground.
Next up for the Chargers is a sneaky-tough matchup against the 3-1 Cleveland Browns followed by a game against the Baltimore Ravens on the road before heading into their bye and this next two weeks will be telling of just how talented Herbert and the Chargers are.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference