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Chargers Daily Links: Justin Herbert moves up in’s QB Index

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Good morning, Chargers fans!

In’s latest quarterback index, Justin Herbert remains a top five passer, even inching one spot forward (from fifth to fourth) after his middling performance against the Colts where he failed to throw for a touchdown in a second consecutive game.

Per usual, however, Herbert’s performance is always a bit more entertaining than the final score would suggest. NFL analyst Marc Sessler discussed below why he bumped Herbert up a spot and why his 235-yard, one-interception performance was better than it initially looked:

“Forced to watch yet another nationally televised Colts game, fans at least got a glimpse of Herbert under the lights. It was hardly his meatiest outing; Herbert threw for 235 yards and a pick, and he lost a fumble. Next Gen Stats, though, points to a passer under constant heat from Indy, posting a career high in pressure rate (45.7 percent). Herbert still logged a completion rate over expectation of +10.2 percentage points (the fifth-highest mark in career). His wild sidearm rope to Mike Williams came with a blue-clad behemoth in his face — a pass few could dream of — but Monday night raised further ire over play-caller Joe Lombardi’s hemmed-in usage of the playoff-bound Herbert.”

And now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Brandon Staley is excited to face his former team (

Wednesday injury report (

Three things that must happen for the Chargers to make a Super Bowl run (Bolt Beat)

Takeaways from the team’s 20-3 win over the Colts (L.A. Football Network)

NFL News:

Derek Carr will be benched for the final two games of the regular season (ESPN+)

Russell Wilson is “devastated” by the firing of Nathaniel Hackett (

Nine teams most likely to win the Super Bowl (

Week 17 quarterback power rankings (CBS Sports)

Joe Burrow is set to become the NFL’s all-time leader in career completion percentage (Pro Football Talk)

Week 17 fantasy football rankings (The Ringer)