All offseason Chargers fans had to hear about Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite Justin Herbert being better than Burrow in every metric, most mainstream NFL pundits would hold Burrow on a higher pedestal because of the Bengals' Super Bowl run.
Burrow and the Bengals definitely deserve respect for their Super Bowl run last season but anyone that was paying attention knows that Burrow did not play all that well in the playoffs. If Justin Herbert was the quarterback of the Bengals, they probably would have won the Super Bowl.
Burrow and the dynamic Cincinnati offense have gotten a reality check early on from a good Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The "most accurate quarterback in the NFL" has thrown three interceptions (and counting) as well as giving away a fumble. All in the first half.
Justin Herbert and Chargers fans can relish in Joe Burrow's bad Week 1.
Does this make Joe Burrow a bad quarterback? Not at all. But after all of the hype for Burrow this offseason it is nice to see him come back down to earth. It would be one thing if Burrow was just getting hyped himself but as a result, dirt was getting thrown on Justin Herbert from pundits.
There is a lot of football left to play this season but those same pundits are probably already starting to swallow their words. Justin Herbert has never thrown three interceptions (or turned the ball over four times) in a single game, let alone a single half of football.
Every Chargers fan knew heading into this season that Justin Herbert would continue to have the better numbers and would (hopefully) establish himself as the bonafide best quarterback from the 2020 draft class.
Week 1 is a good start towards Herbert getting that recognition over Burrow, especially if Herbert has the massive game that we are projecting against the Las Vegas Raiders.