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Chargers' Justin Herbert slights Derek Carr when discussing AFC West QBs

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There is no denying that the LA Chargers have one of the best quarterbacks in the entire sport in Justin Herbert. Herbert has already put together MVP numbers just two seasons into the league and if the team success is there in 2022, the hardware will follow.

There is also no denying that Herbert and the Chargers have a tough road ahead in the 2022 season. As talented as the team is on paper, the Bolts still have to fight in the best division in football, the AFC West.

The AFC West is filled with top-end talent and is undeniably the best quarterback division in the sport. There are three quarterbacks who could all be in the MVP conversation in the division, as well as someone who is certainly above average in Derek Carr.

While he is a fine quarterback, Carr simply is not on the same level as Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson. Even Herbert seemingly knows that. On the first episode of the Chargers' 'All In' series, Herbert discussed how tough the foes in his division are. The only problem is that he left out a certain quarterback.

Justin Herbert doesn't mention Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders when discussing the LA Chargers' AFC West foes.

This is going to rile up Raiders fans, especially after Las Vegas got the best of the Chargers in Week 18 last season and made the playoffs over the Bolts (keep in mind the Raiders still haven't won a playoff game in two decades).

While Justin Herbert likely did not exclude the Raiders on purpose, there is no denying that they are the weakest link in a very tough AFC West. If the Raiders played in the NFC then they would almost be a shoo-in to make the playoffs. However, in the AFC West with their tough schedule, the Raiders will struggle.

Josh McDaniels was horrible in his only previous head-coaching gig and while the Raiders absolutely have weapons that we have to respect, the defense is really bad. Raiders fans will point to Maxx Crosby and an over-the-hill Chandler Jones but outside of those two, there is not much talent on the defensive side of the ball.

As long as the Chargers do what they are supposed to do then they should be able to score close to 40 points both times they play the Raiders. With a much better defense, and the lack of an elite quarterback on the other side, that should be more than enough to beat the Raiders in both matchups.

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Of course, anything can happen on any given Sunday and we definitely cannot rule out the worse team winning one or two of these games. However, at the end of the day, the Raiders are still that worse team.

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