6. Week 4 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This was also one of the most frustrating games of the season as the Chargers were coasting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Joshua Kelley fumbled and then Anthony Lynn shelled up in the second half.
The main reason why the Bolts were coasting in the first half was Justin Herbert. The rookie quarterback completed several bombs over the top of the Tampa Bay defense. Herbert had two 50+-yard touchdown passes in this one.
He finished with 290 passing yards on 20-25 passing with three touchdowns and one interception. He went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady and was better. Too bad his coaching staff wasn’t.
5. Week 17 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
This was a hard one to really gauge as it came in a game that ultimately did not matter against a defense that was playing most of its reserves. However, at the end of the day, this was a really good game from Herbert and was one that should have been better.
With several rookie records on the horizon, Herbert came out and was firing on all cylinders. He completed 22 of 31 attempts for 302 yards with three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added a rushing touchdown via a quarterback sneak.
Four total touchdowns and 300 passing yards are as good as it gets, but Charger fans still wanted more. Herbert had a fairly good chance of breaking Andrew Luck’s single-season rookie passing yards record, but the Chargers instead decided to run the clock out down the stretch.
It’s a shame, really.