Justin Herbert

LA Chargers: Justin Herbert game grade in loss to Buffalo Bills

Nov 29, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The negatives:

This has nothing to do with Justin Herbert’s performance but I want to address one big negative in this game. There was an extremely scary hit on Herbert in the fourth quarter in Herbert’s legs got tangled under the defender and it could have been really bad.

Thank goodness that it ended up being nothing more than a hard hit but tackles like that — at the ankles of the quarterback — are completely unnecessary in today’s game and the players should be fined.

As for Herbert, he was not as accurate as he typically is. Some of the drops by the Chargers were a result of Herbert’s passes being just off the fingertips of a receiver. Herbert also had a pass to Austin Ekeler in the flat that looked like it was going to break for big yards that was overthrown.

I would not say that he was inaccurate, though. He just lacked that typical sharpness that we expect out of him and there are multiple factors that go into that.

Herbert did have an interception that really hurt the team in the fourth quarter as well. He stared down the receiver and Tre’Davious White made a really good play on the ball to jump the route for an interception.

A worse cornerback probably does not make that play but it did hurt the team and ultimately allowed the Bills to take a 10-point lead.

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