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LA Chargers midseason: Five positives of the 2020 season so far

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Justin Herbert is the guy

Justin Herbert has made everyone who had questions on his game look really dumb. Myself included, as I deserve the egg on my face for my B- draft grade. He could laser egg onto my face with pinpoint accuracy.

All kidding aside, it’s clear that the LA Chargers have their quarterback of the next 10+ years. Herbert has thrown for 67.3% completion, 2146 yards, 17 touchdowns, and five interceptions. In both QBR and passer rating, he ranks top 10 in the league.

It’s all the more impressive that he did this with no real offseason. To come out with no NFL experience and ball out at a higher level than several veteran quarterbacks across the league is nearly unfathomable.

An offensive revolution has also taken place as a result of Herbert. The Chargers averaged 21.1 points per game last season, and at times it looked much worse than that. It was bad enough to result in Ken Whisenhunt‘s firing.

Through eight games, the Chargers have averaged 25.6 points with Herbert under center. In the last three games, the Chargers are fourth in offensive output with 31.7 points per game.

Considering the state of the defense, one shudders to think what this team would look like under Tyrod Taylor or even another year of Philip Rivers. With his dynamic play, Herbert has kept the Chargers competitive when they arguably shouldn’t be. No one would have guessed Herbert would be such an overwhelming favorite for rookie of the year through seven games.

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