The LA Chargers are heading into the most important regular-season game in recent memory this Sunday as they take on the rivaled Las Vegas Raiders for a chance to get into the playoffs. The winner of this game will continue their season as one of seven AFC playoff teams. The loser will watch the playoffs from home on their couch.
While this season has had its ups and downs, it has been a much better season than the last two years as the Chargers actually played meaningful football in December. While Brandon Staley deserves perhaps the most credit for changing the culture of the organization, there are five players in particular who have carried the load this season.
The five LA Chargers who deserve the most credit for the team's playoff push
1. Justin Herbert
I mean, let's get the most obvious player out of the way first, shall we? Justin Herbert has been a top-five quarterback in the league this season and quite frankly, he could have the exact same numbers with a few changed results and he would be the MVP favorite. If Herbert wins the toss against the Chiefs and the Chargers' defense shows up against Houston then he would be the MVP.
This team is going to go as far as Justin Herbert can take them. Is he perfect? No. Has he had some ugly games this season? Absolutely. However, when it is all said and done, Herbert is one of a dozen (or fewer) quarterbacks in the league that are good enough to lead their team to a Super Bowl.
The sky is the limit for Herbert, who is already setting Chargers records in just his second season as a pro. Chances are we have not even seen the best version of Herbert yet and that is legitimately exciting.