Justin Herbert is a problem for opposing teams as he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and can single-handily win a game for the LA Chargers. He becomes even more of a problem when he is coming up against a bad defense as well.
Herbert has put up monster numbers in his first two years in the league and there is no indication that he is going to slow down. When it comes to the 2022 season, there are several defenses that Herbert and the Chargers will come up against that will allow him to thrive.
Circle these games on the calendar because this is when we are going to see the absolute best version of Justin Herbert.
Ranking the five easiest defenses Justin Herbert faces on the Chargers schedule in 2022:
5. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were already in the bottom half of defenses last season and they arguably got worse this offseason. Kansas City lost key pieces in Melvin Ingram, Tyrann Mathieu and Charvarius Ward and had to replace most of those losses in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The team did bring in Justin Reid for safety depth and replaced Ward and Ingram with Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis. I was a fan of both McDuffie and Karlaftis in the draft process and they should both be solid players, but they both are still rookies and there will naturally be that learning curve of being a rookie.
Leo Chenal is a big pick-up for the Chiefs and he could be the difference as Kansas City's linebacker core could really thrive. However, the defensive line is getting older and the production was already waning last season and the secondary is really thin. They need McDuffie to step up right away and be a CB1, which is not an easy thing to do.
If the rookies play to a realistic ceiling in year one then the Chiefs will have an average to slightly above-average defense. It is more likely that the Chiefs fall in the 18-21 range in terms of defensive rankings, making them a below-average defense.
That being said, there is a gap between the Chiefs and the four other teams on this list.