Positive Chargers takeaway: Justin Herbert looked like his usual self
Justin Herbert is undoubtedly one of the five best quarterbacks in the entire league. There is a case to be made that he is on the higher end of that spectrum even, but at the very worst he is a top-five quarterback in the NFL.
Coming out of the bye, though, Herbert was not playing like a top-five quarterback. Herbert turned in back-to-back mediocre performances and was one of the biggest people at fault for the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pointing out that Herbert struggled was not meant to be a dig at the young quarterback or an attempt to say that he isn't elite. It was simply pointing out the obvious that Herbert was struggling and not living up to his standards. It is okay to admit that.
Herbert's struggles did not extend into a third game. The star quarterback looked much more like his usual self, starting the game off with a red-hot stretch where he could not make a single mistake. Overall, Herbert completed 31 of 40 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Almost every other quarterback in the league would die for that kind of performance.
It was not the best Herbert game (as his standards are so high) but it was certainly a great one. Chargers fans should be happy with how Herbert slung the football on Sunday night.