By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
As the Broncos come to town with a similar 5-9 record, the Chargers have an opportunity on Sunday to avenge their narrow loss 8 weeks ago in Denver. The hometown Bolts will be going for a third consecutive win in their final game of the season at Sofi stadium. In this final home game, they will be looking to put up 20 points as they have in three of the past four matchups.
Although Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen, who was recently named to the third and fourth consecutive Pro Bowls respectively, would not be present for this contest vs the Broncos, a revenge win versus this division rival Broncos would be no less sweet for the Chargers. Justin Herbert is having an impressive Rookie of the Year campaign. In his initial season, Herbert has set the all-time rookie mark for 300-yard performances and tied for the record for the most touchdown passes in a season.
Whether he returns or not, Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn does have them ranked 8th in NFL, with a 22-3 record when they win the turnover battle as they did on Sunday, which equates to a .875 winning percentage. He talked about his team’s mentality to “Focus, finish and fight to get this win along with the resolve they have shown in recent weeks” during his post-game press conference.
Justin Herbert, who all but etched his name in the Rookie of the year trophy, has been nothing less than spectacular this season. He hit Austin Ekeler for a 9-yard Touchdown pass for his record-setting 28th Touchdown record of the season. I wanted to know if Justin acknowledges these records that he’s set this season and which point of the process is the most fun for him or will he wait until the end of the season to acknowledge this, he responded to me by saying, “During the game and right after. I think it’s being able to celebrate with those guys right after is the best part.”
Subsequently, that catch a run by Austin Ekeler allowed him to tie LaDainian Tomlinson (15) for the most receiving TD by an RB in Chargers history. That Touchdown catch also put him in a class with exclusive Running Backs Christian McCaffrey, Chuck Foreman, and Joe Cribbs who all amassed 15 touchdown receptions, though Ekeler is the youngest to achieve this feat.
After the Chargers jumped out to a 13-0 lead going into halftime. The Broncos would mount a comeback, once Brandon McManus’ kicked his 10th 50 plus yard field goal, which tied the game up at 16 apiece with under 3:00 minutes remaining. This set the table for Anthony Lynn, Justin Herbert, and the Chargers to mount their third consecutive Game Winning Drive. As Michael Badgley came on to kick the go-ahead score which would also complete their third comeback win in as many weeks.
Among many of the impressive stats that Justin Herbert achieved this season, is becoming the 4th rookie in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards (Luck, Newton, Winston). Herbert also surpassed Baker Mayfield for the most pass TD by a rookie in NFL history (28). Broncos quarterback Drew Lock’s much more ominous streak by tallying 1+ giveaways in 11 straight games (longest active streak in NFL).
I asked veteran Linebacker Denzel Perryman if he recognized how good Justin Herbert could be when he saw them initially saw him in pre-season he responded to me by saying, “J Herb (Justin Herbert) was my workout partner. So, I knew then; when you have a quarterback that workout with linebackers and stuff like that, that stood out to me!” I’d say the off-season commitment and work ethic of Justin Herbert
went a long way to gain the respect of his teammate and is a large part of the reason many teammates have been willing to follow him and support him.
As Coach Anthony Lynn mentioned, this was a total team win for the Chargers. Although this win streak comes late in the season, it’s evidence that they are growing and coming together as a squad. Are these three consecutive wins in December enough for Anthony Lynn to remain as Head Coach of these Los Angeles Chargers? Kindly share your thoughts on the Chargers Head Coaching situation, by reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or forward any suggestions on what topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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