Justin Herbert needs three touchdown passes in last three games to break rookie record

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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is closing in on the rookie record for touchdown passes.

Herbert threw two more touchdown passes in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, giving him 25 touchdowns this season. Herbert has averaged 2.1 touchdowns per game over his 12 NFL starts, and if he continues at his current pace over the final three weeks of the season, he’ll finish with 31 touchdown passes.

The current rookie record is 27 touchdown passes, set by Baker Mayfield in 2018.

It’s been a rough year for the Chargers, who have managed to go only 3-9 in Herbert’s 12 starts. Changes are likely this offseason, and the roster needs a lot of work. But the most important piece is in place: The Chargers have found their franchise quarterback.

18 responses to “Justin Herbert needs three touchdown passes in last three games to break rookie record

  1. Justin Herbert is legit.

    When Joe Burrow was out there throwing 4-7 yard passes 60 times a game Herbert was dealing all over the field from his very first start on. Herbert has the field vision & arm strength to be a great NFL quarterback.

  2. The dude has way more talent around him than Tua does. I don’t see why their record isn’t better than it is. Tua is playing with practice squaders. Literally…

  3. phinfan says:
    December 14, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    The dude has way more talent around him than Tua does. I don’t see why their record isn’t better than it is. Tua is playing with practice squaders. Literally

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    Tua has way more talent coaching him than Herbert does, so we’ll call it even

  4. The last thing the Chargers should be thinking about is making a coaching change in the off-season. Herbert is learning a new system this year, but the entire team would be learning a new system next year.

  5. Herbert has more weapons around him than Tua or Burrow, but will still the 3rd best QB of the group.

  6. From Drew Brees, to Phillip Rivers, to Justin Herbert. I’m just enjoying Elway having the opposite luck in the QB department than literally every other division rival

  7. Here’s the silver lining of the Chargers still having a terrible record, despite having a rookie quarterback who will be the franchise cornerstone:

    Higher draft picks.

    The Chargers going 5-11 and missing the playoffs is better than going 9-7 and missing the playoffs. Even more true for the Bengals going 2-15-1 and getting a top five pick. And the Chargers first seven losses were one-possession games, before losing by ten, and then being taken out back by the Patriots.

    If the race for Los Angeles is a marathon, the Chargers are winning.

  8. Herbert’s presence in the lineup is going to make the Chiefs make sure that they are on their toes twice a year. He’s going to do that to a lot of teams, too.

    Savvy, talented, easy rolling QB for the Chargers.

    AFC West has some QB talent.

  9. It’s nice to see these rookie quarterbacks be able to step in and show they have what it takes to play at the professional level, especially without having a normal training camp and preseason. We’ll always debate who’s better, but if they continue to prove they help their teams win games, it’s good for the NFL. The future is bright!

  10. didnt the coach say “there’s a reason he’s the backup” at the beginning of the year.
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    perhaps the coach should be a backup…

  11. Tua- Herbert – Burrow are looking like the best 3 QB class since Ben-Manning-Rivers …. I wonder if Herbert is destined to be the state stuffer Rivers has been while the others win SB’s

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