LA Chargers: Justin Herbert should be an MVP candidate – game grade
By Jason Reed
Justin Herbert looked like an MVP candidate in the LA Chargers’ win over the New York Jets.
The LA Chargers won their third game of the season against the winless New York Jets in Week 11. The Chargers’ wins this season may not be against the most impressive teams but they will take them where they can get them.
The highlight of this game was Justin Herbert. Herbert looked absolutely phenomenal against a terrible Jets pass defense and arguably had the best game of his young career thus far.
As we do with every game, we are going to break down Herbert’s day with a game grade. However, as an added spin, we also wanted to compare him to some MVP candidates as well as update the rookie of the year race.
Justin Herbert game grade: A+++
It does not get much better than this. Justin Herbert had nearly 300 passing yards at halftime and if he had the kind of output in the second half that he did in the first half then he would have had a 500-yard day.
Herbert completed 37 of 49 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns and the touchdowns were impressive. He gave Mike Williams a perfect pass to turn and run with to allow Williams to extend the pass into the endzone for a touchdown.
He threw an absolute laser to Hunter Henry to split the defense and then extended the play and chucked an absolute dart to Keenan Allen in the back of the endzone for his third touchdown.
If Allen did not fumble at the one-yard line in the first quarter then Herbert would have likely had four passing touchdowns today. It was that kind of day for the kid.
Unfortunately, Herbert will never be mentioned in the MVP discussion (and rightfully so) because the Chargers are 3-7. However, if the Bolts were a winning team and he had the same numbers then he absolutely would be in the discussion.
Let’s compare his numbers to some other MVP candidates.