Justin Herbert and the Chargers walked away victorious from the field inside SoFi Stadium following a fairly dramatic 39-29 win over the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. I use the word “dramatic” in there because the Bolts really almost let this contest go the way of the previous two where the team blew back-to-back 17-point leads en route to dropping both games. However, even after blowing a 16-point lead in the second quarter, the Chargers somehow found a way to snatch this one away from Jacksonville in the end.
Despite the roller coaster ride that was their performance on Sunday, the Bolts still managed to procure a rather high grade from CBS Sports’ John Breech, who offers a letter grade for every team after each new week.
This week, the Chargers finally pushed through and earned their highest grade of the year, an “A-”, for their gutsy win over Minshew and the Jags.
Here’s what Breech had to say about their performance:
“This game was all about Justin Herbert and a Chargers defense that suffocated Garnder Minshew. On Herbert’s end, the rookie QB did everything in his power to make sure he came away with the first win of his career. Of the Chargers 484 yards of offense, 413 of them came from Herbert, who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 66 yards and another TD. All three of Herbert’s TD passes went for 20 or more yards, including a 70-yarder to Jalen Guyton. Herbert also seems to have a growing connection with Keenan Allen, who caught 10 passes for 125 yards. Defensively, the Chargers beat up on Gardnew Minshew, sacking him five times.”
Over the past three weeks, Herbert has been responsible for 11 touchdowns to just one interception while also being the team’s leading rusher in two of their last three outings. While that rushing strategy isn’t a recipe for success, the fact that the rookie continues to essentially be the only way this offense moves shows you the incredible potential he has within him. If this rushing attack can ever get started, it will go a long way in keep Herbert fresher down the stretch as this team fights for any type of chance to make it to the postseason.
And now for today’s links.
Check out the highlights from yesterday’s 39-29 win over the Jaguars (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez discusses what the Chargers said following their win on Sunday (Chargers Wire)
Michael David Smith talks Justin Herbert’s big game against the Jags (Pro Football Talk)
Dan Graziano discusses the biggest overreactions from Week 7 games (ESPN)
NFL Nation talks the main takeaways from the slate of games in Week 7 (ESPN)
Jake Rill looks at the current playoff picture with one game left to go this week (Bleacher Report)
John Breech hands out letter grades for every team’s performance on Sunday (CBS Sports)