4. Week 11 vs. New York Jets
The New York Jets had one of the worst passing defenses in NFL history this season and it showed when they played a great quarterback like Justin Herbert. While this game started really ugly for the Chargers, it quickly got back on track and wound up being Herbert’s second win.
Herbert was really efficient in this one, completing 75.51% (37-49) of his passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. No turnovers, no rushing touchdowns, just a great passing day for the rookie quarterback.
Herbert could have had four passing touchdowns as well if Keenan Allen did not fumble at the one-yard line. Regardless, it was a great game that could’ve ranked higher if it was against a better opponent or the stakes were higher.
3. Week 5 vs. New Orleans Saints
If you just look at the yardage and completion percentage from this game then you would be confused in why it ranks number three on the season. Herbert threw for 264 yards on 20-34 passing, the second-lowest percentage all season!
However, if you watched this game then you know how horrid the Chargers’ offensive line was and how good Herbert was in the face of that pressure.
This Monday Night Football game was the official arrival of Justin Herbert. He evaded the pocket several times to complete frozen rope darts to his receivers. He finished the game with four passing touchdowns and it was actually the third-highest passer rating of the season.
He did all of this with an offensive line that resembled a turn-style more than it resembled an offensive line and with Keenan Allen missing most of the game with back spasms.