Justin Herbert throws three TDs in Chargers win

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Justin Herbert‘s play this season has given rise to visions of future duels with Patrick Mahomes, but the Chargers rookie had to settle for Chad Henne on Sunday.

The Chiefs left Patrick Mahomes on the bench with the top seed in the AFC wrapped up and that gave him a chance to watch Herbert throw for three touchdowns in a 38-21 Chargers win. The victory gives the Chargers a 7-9 record for the season and they finished the year on a four-game winning streak.

Finishing like that should make it likelier that head coach Anthony Lynn will return for a fifth season and a second year with Herbert at the helm of the offense. Herbert had already set the record for touchdowns by a rookie quarterback and he ends the year with 31 of them.

He also ran for a score on Sunday and threw for 302 yards in the victory. Herbert and Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson will likely be the leading candidates for offensive rookie of the year.

With Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and many other sitting for the Chiefs, there wasn’t much reason to think they could match the Chargers’ offensive output. Chad Henne led a couple of early touchdown drives, but the team only managed 268 yards for the game.

That probably won’t cause too many sleepless nights in Kansas City because the Chiefs know the path to the Super Bowl goes through Arrowhead Stadium.

15 responses to “Justin Herbert throws three TDs in Chargers win

  1. Expected outcome. Herbert is too good and the Chiefs sat everyone. Hope we have some good matches with them down the road.

  2. Would’ve liked to see the chief’s backups have a better showing. But was good to see them out there and getting some playing time against the opposing teams 1st string.

  3. For 20 guys that rarely see the field, the Chiefs JV team played well against the 6 win team Chargers.

  4. This fine young Man (per Fred Rutherford) would’ve owned San Diego Tom Telesco needs big fellas now. Line and running backs TT knows WR’s but not the big guys on OL

  5. Tua just has a hip that will never be right for the rest of his life. The Fins were foolish to pay the price they did for him. Dead athletes don’t lie. google it. He could still fix up his hip to normal but he won’t because he’ll never get the information in that lecture I just directed you to.

  6. Firing Lynn should not be such a hot topic for Chargers fans. He takes blame for a lot of rookie errors, especially some of the odd OC play calling. Herbert has been dynomite, so I do not think they should change too much on the coaching staff and possibly damage Herbie’s progress. Injuries have been the biggest issue for the Chargers, granted, most teams deal with injuries too, but the Bolts injuries have been a horror show.
    I’d Keep the whole damn coaching staff for one more year. If anyone needs to be fired, fire Bradley and replace him with a completely different style of DC (maybe even go back to the 3-4).
    Steichen has screwed up many times too, but he’s done well with 4 rookie WR’s and a rookie QB.

  7. The Chargers were playing with back ups too. Herbert put that performance together missing Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and their two starting tackles. He was throwing to the likes of Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson. If Guyton doesn’t drop that deep shot the Herbert put right in his hands, that would have been another 7 points. Starting RB Ekeler missed half the game, and back up Justin Jackson stepped in to have some nice runs late in the game. On defense, their starting two edge rushers – Bosa and Ingram – where out, replaced by players nobody’s ever heard of and practice squadders. Linebackers Kyzir White and Drue Tranquil were out. They had practice squadders out there at LB too. the Chargers’ secondary were all backups, save Michael Davis.

  8. Yep, goes through arrowhead until they lose the 1st game and everyone makes excuses for them that they were rusty from 2 weeks off.

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