Air Raid: Ranking Justin Herbert's 2021 passing season in Chargers history

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Philip Rivers
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No 3: Philip Rivers, 2018 season

At the age of 37, this was Rivers’ last great season as a member of the Chargers and man, it was a fun one. Bolstered by a career-high and team record passer rating of 105.5 (he also set this mark in 2013) and the second-best QBR mark in team history at 75.1, Rivers had it working in 2018. Thanks to another 32 touchdown effort and 4,308 passing yards, the quarterback was able to pilot the scrappy Bolts to a 12-4 regular-season record, their best since 2009

With Rivers eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark this year, he was the fourth quarterback, along with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, to reach 4,000 yards in 10 seasons or more. The quarterback had a number of memorable outputs during this campaign like dramatic victories against the Steelers in Pittsburgh and also the Chiefs in Kansas City.

The latter contest against K.C. was the first time the Bolts had beat the Chiefs after nine straight losses. I especially remember this game as I celebrated at The Loving Cup in Reno, NV until the wee hours of that morning. 

As a side bar, if this list was extended to six spots, the 2009 season would be on here, but given Rivers’ advanced age during this season, along with the team bouncing back to notch a 12-4 record, this was the choice for the third spot on the list.