LA Chargers: Why Justin Herbert will outclass Tua Tagovailoa
By Jason Reed
2. Justin Herbert has done great against better defenses
Will Justin Herbert eventually have a bad game? Absolutely. He is going to have plenty of bad games in his career. It happens to every single NFL quarterback and there will be a game this season where he plays worse than other games.
However, it has reached the point where we simply have to accept the fact that he is probably going to have a great game up until he doesn’t. He has done so well this season that we cannot expect any different.
As stated earlier, Herbert is literally setting new benchmarks in NFL history to start his career and that is coming with multiple injuries, a bad offensive line and no preseason. Just imagine what he can do at full strength.
First 7 career starts as a rookie:
NFL All-time rank2,146 pass yds 1st17 pass TD 2nd104.7 pass rating 2nd
Justin Herbert is that dude #BoltUp pic.twitter.com/oy0YcKY9Cc
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We also know that he can do it against great defenses. Miami does have a solid defense and they have scored a defensive touchdown in each of the last two weeks. That does not concern me. Herbert has come up against some really good defenses already in his career and has played great in those games.
Miami ranks 14th in defensive DVOA this season and allows the 12th most passing yards per game. Not bad, not great.
Herbert put up 311 yards against the 13th-ranked team in defensive DVOA (Kansas City), 278 yards against the ninth-ranked team (Denver), 264 yards and four touchdowns against the seventh-ranked team (New Orleans) and 290 yards with three touchdowns against the number one ranked team (Tampa Bay).
I am not worried about the Dolphins’ defense and I would bet that this is another 300-yard, three-touchdown day for Justin Herbert.