LA Chargers: Justin Herbert’s grade for the game:
For the game, I would really love to give Justin Herbert an A+. However, the offense stalled for quite a while in the third quarter. So, I think it is only fair that Herbert gets an A for the game.
Justin Herbert is nowhere near the reason the LA Chargers lost this game. Nor is he the reason they have lost any of his four starts. There have been many reasons to explain this stress-inducing 1-4 start, and this current four-game skid heading into an unexpected bye week.
If Tyrod Taylor starts this game, the team does not score more than 10 points on offense. The throws to Mike Williams likely never happen, and the team is torn apart by Drew Brees for four quarters because he continues to get the ball punted back to him.
If Justin Herbert could have somehow willed this offense to some points in the third quarter, he’d have gotten an A++ and the team likely wins the game (assuming they again score in the fourth).
But, Herbert cannot kick an extra point on the opening touchdown, nor can he kick the game-winning field goal as time expires. What he can do is score the opening touchdown, and put the team in field goal range to win the game.
Justin Herbert has done more than enough to win these games. Let the team rest up (although playing the New York Jets would’ve been pretty comparable to a bye week) and prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Herbert faces off against Gardner Minshew and hopefully continues his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign.