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LA Chargers: Justin Herbert vs. Josh Allen, who’s been better?

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball against the New York Jets in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball against the New York Jets in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert

Josh Allen’s advantages over Justin Herbert:

Running the football: 

This is the biggest advantage for Josh Allen. Justin Herbert is absolutely capable of extending plays with his feet and we have seen him do so both by extending the play and delivering a dart downfield as well as tucking the ball and running.

However, when it comes to running the ball as a quarterback, Allen is up there with Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray as the best in the league.

Allen has 72 rushing attempts this season for 279 yards and five touchdowns. His production is slightly down from years past but he is still on pace for a solid season running the football.

However, it is worth mentioning that Justin Herbert is averaging more yards per rushing attempt this season. Allen is still the more versatile runner, though, so much so that he has been compared to an actual running back.

In crunch time: 

The only other noticeable advantage in favor of Josh Allen this season has been his numbers in crunch time, specifically, when the Bills are trailing in the game with four of fewer minutes remaining.

Herbert has more experience in these situations by nature of being on the Chargers but Allen has still been better.

Allen has completed 21 of 32 passes (65.6%) for 213 yards and four touchdowns. He has thrown one interception. Herbert, meanwhile, has completed 32 of 48 passes (66.7%) for 300 yards and only one touchdown. He has also thrown one interception.

Allen’s passer rating when the Bills are trailing with less than two minutes in the game is 92.0. Herbert’s passer rating when the Bolts are trailing with less than two minutes in the game is 81.1.

Allen has completed three game-winning drives thus far this season while Herbert has completed none despite having several chances. He had a game-winning drive attempt against Kansas City, Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Las Vegas.

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