Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert made history in the LA Chargers’ win over the Denver Broncos.
Justin Herbert is currently in the midst of perhaps the greatest rookie quarterback season in NFL history. Herbert added to that case on Sunday by passing Baker Mayfield for the all-time rookie passing touchdown record with 28.
Herbert has only played 14 games this season and has one more game to extend the record and cross the 30 touchdown threshold. If Herbert can have a three-touchdown game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17 he will tie Cam Newton for the most total touchdowns in a rookie season with 35.
The game itself was interesting as the coaching was not great and Herbert was missing Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. As we do with every game, let’s break down Herbert’s performance with both his pros, his cons and then assigning a final grade.
The pros of Justin Herbert’s game:
Outside of setting the rookie passing touchdown record, one thing that was really great from this game as how well Justin Herbert was (mostly) able to handle pressure. This has been the case all season as Herbert has been the best quarterback under pressure in the entire league.
Herbert was pressured a modest 16 times, which is not great but it certainly has been worse this season. Almost every time he was pressured he handled it with poise, even escaping the pocket on a fourth and eight to scramble for the first-down conversion.
Herbert also did a fantastic job in getting his weapons involved despite missing his favorite two weapons. Stephen Anderson and Donald Parham combined for six catches for 95 yards. Mike Williams led the way in targets, but for the most part, Herbert did a fantastic job of spreading the ball around.