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LA Chargers: Team grades from a confusing win over the Broncos

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The Chargers got their second straight divisional win against the Broncos, but it did look kind of ugly aesthetically. How did the team grade?

An unstoppable 5-9 force met an immovable 5-9 object this week. For a number of reasons, mostly injuries and play calling, Chargers-Broncos wasn’t particularly captivating this time. It’s what you expect from two mediocre teams approaching the end of a hard season.

That being said, the Chargers did get the win in addition to an amazing milestone for Justin Herbert. After a few weeks of thinking he would do it, Herbert finally surpassed Baker Mayfield‘s 2018 rookie touchdown record. In just 14 games, Herbert threw for the most touchdowns of all time by a rookie. That’s the type of Herbert stat that would’ve left Chargers fans gobsmacked prior to the season.

Now, it’s simply what we expect from No.10. It wasn’t a perfect game from Herbert, but consider the circumstances. Getting a victory with no Keenan Allen or Hunter Henry, a banged up defense, and a terrible running game certainly changes the perspective on what Herbert was able to do vs. Denver.

By no means was it perfect, but it was gutsy. Herbert was able to complete some great passes despite the Broncos’ pressure. 250+ yards, 60+% completion, a touchdown and no turnovers certainly isn’t a bad day at the office.

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