Justin Herbert: C-
Justin Herbert almost received a D game grade for his performance against the Minnesota Vikings and it definitely would have been the first D that Herbert got on a report card in his life. While that might seem unfair, Herbert was not great in this game.
Herbert completed 20 of 34 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. That is not a good day at the office, no matter which way you spin it.
There were multiple moments in this game that could have easily gone the other way and probably would have if Herbert was on his game. He slipped on the second play of the game in what was a wide-open deep shot, instead resulting in the sack. Later in the first quarter, he had a miscommunication with Joshua Palmer, firing a third-down throw off the mark. While Palmer may have run the wrong route, it is up to the QB to communicate exactly what the plays are.
He had some throws that were a bit off the mark. A third-down out route to Jared Cook was thrown behind him, and while it touched his hands, you cannot fault Cook for not making the catch when he had to completely turn his body and had a defender there to disrupt the reception. If that was a good throw the drive would have continued.
Herbert also did not handle the pressure well in this game. The Vikings did a really good job of disguising their blitzes pre-snap and Herbert struggled with it. It was not all his fault, as the offensive line didn't do him favors, but his role in this offense is to make pre-snap reads and make his decisions in that regard.
There were some key drops that were not the result of a less-than-perfect Herbert pass. Mike Williams had a really bad drop that likely would have resulted in a touchdown in the fourth quarter while Jalen Guyton had a drop that you simply cannot excuse.
At the end of the day, Herbert at least kept the team close so it is a C-. If the defense gets a stop in the fourth quarter who knows what would have happened. But he definitely can be much better and he has to get some of the blame for the loss.