LA Chargers: Team grades from a wild OT win in Vegas

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(Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The LA Chargers finally got off the AFC West skid as they picked up a win in Vegas. How did the players perform in the victory?

It was good for Justin Herbert and the players to get the win they deserved. Coaching issues aside, this was a gritty effort on the road during a short week. Snapping that long AFC West losing streak feels like a burden that’s been lifted off the Chargers‘ shoulders.

It was certainly not a pretty effort as a whole, but Herbert was spectacular. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were truly limited in this one. Consistently toasting the Raiders’ secondary with Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton, and K.J. Hill is quite the feat for a rookie quarterback.

Herbert tied the rookie touchdowns record set by Baker Mayfield in this game. With two games left, it’s almost certain he will break that mark. Andrew Luck’s rookie passing yards record is also still in reach.

When the ball was in Herbert’s hands, the offense looked incredibly clean. When Anthony Lynn and Shane Steichen took it out of Herbert’s hands, it looked ugly. He carried this team over the finish line in addition to some clutch plays by the defense down the stretch.

There may have been some remaining NFL fans thinking about Justin Jefferson or James Robinson for rookie of the year, but it’s over. Herbert will win rookie of the year and has a chance to cement himself as the greatest rookie quarterback of all time in these last few games.