Justin Herbert

LA Chargers: Quarterback grades as Justin Herbert outduels Patrick Mahomes

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Justin Herbert
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Justin Herbert's Week 3 grade: A+

Anyone who reads our weekly game grades here on Bolt Beat knows that we do not take it easy on Justin Herbert and give him a proper game each week. Not only does the outcome come into play, but there is a certain level of expectation with Herbert. A B+ game for Herbert is an A+ game for most quarterbacks.

This was an A+ game through and through for Justin Herbert. He checked just about every box in this game and earned his first A+ grade of the season. He was not perfect, sure (but what quarterback is?) but he was really good and was the better of the two quarterbacks.

Herbert was extremely poised in this game. Not only did he go toe-to-toe with Mahomes and continue trading shots but he did it as the Chiefs threw as much pressure as they could at him with a raucous home crowd.

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One of the dynamics that I was interested in seeing this season is how Herbert would fair with home crowds as the road team since he did not really have to deal with a real crowd in his rookie season. It did not even seem to impact Herbert, which is saying something as that Arrowhead crowd can swing games.

Herbert ended up completing 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. It is his first non-300-yard game of the season but this game was extremely efficient as Herbert made all of the right decisions.

Justin Herbert is an elite quarterback, plain and simple. We are 18 games into his NFL career and that is safe to say.

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