2. A slower game for Justin Herbert
The LA Chargers did win the possession battle vs. Kansas City, but it was mostly due to the 10-minute 4th quarter field goal drive. That certainly isn’t to take away from the total effort as the offense did a good job managing time, but they could’ve afforded to go slower earlier.
By slower, I mean that Herbert should attempt to be a bit more methodical in this one. If you can run for two yards and go out of bounds instead of heaving the football to a double-covered Keenan Allen, do it.
Even on last week’s final 3rd and Goal in regulation, it seemed like the Chargers were trying to crank up the tempo on the Chiefs instead of taking a timeout to go over the play. The resulting wrong side handoff fake play wasn’t well executed.
Herbert should still take deep shots if he sees an opening, but I’d like to see slower drives where he dissects the Panthers’ defense.
If you wear out Carolina’s rebuilding secondary earlier on the time of possession battle, the remainder of the game might not be that close. Allen and Hunter Henry are his best friends in that regard.