The Los Angeles Chargers are 2-2 on the season as they still have some things to iron out after coming into the season as a Super Bowl dark horse. But, they are getting everything they had hoped for and more from MVP candidate, Justin Herbert.
Herbert has been excellent this season, doing everything he can to put the Chargers in a position to win games. He has quite literally put the offense on his back, doing his best to compensate for what has been the worst rushing offense in the NFL through four games.
Los Angeles has gained only 258 yards on the ground and is averaging 2.7 yards per carry, which are both last in the league. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is the passing offense led by Herbert.
The Oregon product is currently leading the NFL with 1,250 passing yards. He is completing 66.9 percent of his pass attempts and has thrown nine interceptions compared to only two interceptions on the season. The offensive line is doing an excellent job of blocking for him, as he has the lowest sack percentage at 2.4 in the league as well.
The Chargers have needed every bit of that production thus far this season and it has come with him at less than 100 percent. Herbert suffered a rib cartilage fracture in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs that he has been battling through ever since.
Despite his own injury, being without Keenan Allen the last few weeks and the running game not functioning, Herbert has found a way to succeed. When given time in the pocket, he is tearing apart opposing defenses.
Just how good has the third-year signal caller been? According to PFF, he has the highest passer rating from a clean pocket in the league thus far this season. His passer rating is 123.5, just beating out Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who has a passer rating of 121.7.
The Chargers’ offensive line has been doing its part despite missing left tackle Rashawn Slater and center Corey Linsley for a chunk of the season. If they can keep up their production without two of their best players, Justin Herbert will continue carving up opponents on a weekly basis.