Good morning, Chargers fans!
In NFL.com’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.
Brandon Staley is excited to face his former team (Chargers.com)
Wednesday injury report (Chargers.com)
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)
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 (NFL.com)
Nine teams most likely to win the Super Bowl (NFL.com)
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)